Find visitors' favorite businesstravel Hotels And.... Book your best!

Treasury Yields Expected to Tick Up as Bank Of Uganda Races to Save Shilling

20-March-2012
The Ugandan shilling traded little changed on Tuesday but tight domestic liquidity and the prospect of a surge in inflows of dollars for a Treasury auction on Wednesday offered hope of gains.

The currency of east Africa's third largest economy fell earlier this month after the central bank cut interest rates by 100 basis points to 21 percent, reducing the premium for holding shillings at a time when domestic inflation is still high.

The currency hit a 2012 low of 2,620 per dollar on March 6.

Traders said foreign investors were still likely to take part in a sale of over 100 billion shillings worth of Treasury bills on Wednesday, given expectations that overall local interest rates - and yields - will remain high.

At 0843 GMT commercial banks in Kampala quoted the currency of Africa's leading coffee exporter at 2,475/2,485, unchanged from Monday's close.

"I don't think we're going to see any further dropping of yields because otherwise you risk creating a lot of trouble for the shilling...so that plus tight liquidity conditions could see rates go up slightly tomorrow," Peter Mboowa, a trader at KCB Uganda, said.

"Shilling liquidity is tight and I think this is likely to push up yields at the auction. And if yields edge up again then we might start to see the return of offshore investors and a possible strengthening of the shilling."

Bank of Uganda (BoU) is due to sell Treasury notes of 91-, 182-, and 364-day tenors on Wednesday worth 110 billion shillings.

The market had earlier expected dollar purchases by the manufacturing and oil sectors to weaken the shilling this week, but that demand was yet to come through, traders said.

Foreign investors in Uganda's debt market - pulled in by record yields - were key in the shilling's recovery from its all-time low of 2,901 hit last September.

But the surprise cut of the central bank's main rate on March 1 sent the shilling and yields on government debt down, with the 91-day paper coming in at 17.2 percent at the last auction on March 7, compared to 19.5 percent at the previous sale.

"It's possible we could see yields tick up again at tomorrow's auction," said Faisal Bukenya, head of market making at Barclays Bank Uganda.

"But that's not certain for now so the market is fence-sitting until when results come out and we're able to see the level offshore component."

Reuters

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Africa Uganda Currency and Forex News .



Haven't yet found what you Want...?

If you haven't yet found what you were looking for or you need detailed information about the subject matter on this page

then...

feel free to ask our business travel consultants.





Book a Prisons & Correctional
Charity Tour


Farmland for Sale
Prime Commercial Property
Entebbe Rd Land 4 Sale
Over 20 Farmland Parcels
Property & Plots of Land

Uganda Online SuperMarket
africaug.com
Online SuperMarket

Uganda Coffee Safari
Book My Coffee Tour

Uganda Honey
Uganda HoneyComb

Subscribe to our Business Travel Newsletter


Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)
Then

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Africa Uganda Business Travel News Digest.

Hotel Booking

Car RentalCar Hire

Africa Uganda Shipping & Handling ServicesShipping & Handling Services


Our Sponsorship Policy


Apple Guavas available
Africa Uganda Plants GuideAfrica Plants Guide

Charity Investment Guide
Changing Lives

Africa Uganda SMS Guide
Africa Bulk SMS

Poultry Investment Guide
Poultry Business Guide

Related Pages



Uganda Hotels Directory

Uganda Hotels Booking Guide


Houses U can buy Uganda Real Estate Guide Industrial/Farmland Deals

Uganda Real Estates Guide


The Mountain Gorilla

Uganda Safari Guide

Uganda Weather Today





Book My Hotel

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.
YES
NO
YES
NO

Please enter the word that you see below.

  



Uganda Currency

Ex-guide