The Financial Express

NBFIs can now invest up to 20pc of capital in CPs

BB revises guidelines squeezing their financing capacity

FE Report | Published: February 28, 2020 09:50:25 | Updated: March 01, 2020 17:59:35

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The central bank has slightly squeezed financing capacity of non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs) in commercial paper (CP) for avoiding concentration of investment in the short-term security.

The NBFIs are now allowed to invest up to 20 per cent of their total capital in any CPs instead of 30 per cent earlier, according to revised guidelines on CP for the NBFIs issued by the Bangladesh Bank (BB) on Thursday.

Moreover, no NBFI can invest more than 10 per cent of its total capital in a single company's CP, it added.

"We want the NBFIs invest more in the productive sectors instead of such instrument that helps reduce investment concentration in the CPs," a senior BB official told the FE.

The CP is defined as a secured or unsecured promissory note which shall be issued for maturities between a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year.

Market operators, however, said such revision on investment capacity of the NBFIs may not impact the market significantly as issuing of such instrument is yet to get momentum in Bangladesh.

"The authorities concerned should take effective measures to develop CP market in the country," a senior executive of leading NBFI told the FE while replying to a query.

Under the existing guidelines, the NBFIs will not invest in any CP issued by the organization in which its directors or their affiliates have interest.

The CP is a short-term money-market security issued or sold usually by large corporate entities for funding operating expenses as well as current assets such as account receivables and inventories.


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