Information for participants

Further information about our facilities for participants

Further information on Covid Corporate Financing Facility operations

For general information on the Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF), please visit the CCFF page.

Please note, the CCFF closed to new applicants on 31 December 2020.

Operations

Please note, the CCFF closed to new purchases on 23 March 2021.

The CCFF continues to allow early repayment of funds borrowed via a sell-back window between 10am-11am on the first business day of each week.

Bank counterparties should submit requests to repay early by buying back existing commercial paper (CP), using the transaction template provided. Completed templates should be emailed to CCFFTransactions@bankofengland.co.uk (or as advised on the Bank’s wire services page).

Such requests should be made with sufficient notice in advance of the requested re-sale date and, in any event, must be received by at least 11am on the business day prior to the requested re-sale date.

Pricing

For re-sale transactions for the purpose of early repayment, we will offer to sell CP at the higher of either (a) the amortised cost from the price at which the CCFF purchased the CP, or (b) the current price as given by the method detailed below used for primary market purchases of equivalent maturity from the same firm. Since 1 July 2020, we have applied an additional fee of 5 basis points (to be kept under review), which will be deducted from the yield offered in the re-sale transaction before calculating the final price and cash proceeds.

For primary market purchases we purchased securities at a spread above a reference rate, based on the current sterling overnight index swap (OIS) rate. The respective reference OIS rate was determined at 09:45 on the day of each operation.

The respective spreads were: 

 Rating  Spread to OIS
A1/P1/F1/R1
 20 basis points
A2/P2/F2/R2
 40 basis points
A3/P3/F3/R3
 60 basis points

Schedule of operations

The table below outlines when our market operations will normally take place.

We reserve the right to change the dates or frequency of these operations in light of bank holidays or developments in market conditions or for operational reasons.

Operation

Day 

Time

Indexed Long-Term Repos

Tuesday (usually once per month, currently once per week)

10am to 10:30am

Operational Standing Facilities

Monday to Friday (on demand)

Until 6:10pm (6:20pm on the last day of the maintenance period)

Discount Window Facility 

Monday to Friday (on demand)

Participants are advised to contact us by noon if they wish to make a drawing on the same day

7 Day US Dollar Repo

Wednesday (once per week)

8:15am to 8:45am

Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF)

First business day of the week

Operational period from 10am to 11am

Schedule of Indexed Long-Term Repo operations

Operation date Settlement date Maturity date
2 November 2021 4 November 2021  5 May 2022 
9 November 2021 11 November 2021 5 May 2022
16 November 2021 18 November 2021 5 May 2022
23 November 2021 25 November 2021 5 May 2022
30 November 2021 2 December 2021 5 May 2022
7 December 2021 9 December 2021 9 June 2022
14 December 2021 16 December 2021 9 June 2022
21 December 2021 23 December 2021 9 June 2022

Schedule of US dollar repo operations

We keep the frequency and maturity of our US dollar operations under review in light of market conditions. The following table contains a schedule of the latest operations: 

Operation date Term Settlement date Maturity date
01 December 2021 7 days 02 December 2021 09 December 2021
08 December 2021 7 days 09 December 2021 16 December 2021
15 December 2021 7 days 16 December 2021 23 December 2021
22 December 2021 14 days 23 December 2021 06 January 2022
05 January 2022 7 days 06 January 2022 13 January 2022
12 January 2022 7 days 13 January 2022 20 January 2022
19 January 2022 7 days 20 January 2022 27 January 2022
26 January 2022 7 days 27 January 2022 03 February 2022
02 February 2022 7 days 03 February 2022 10 February 2022
09 February 2022 7 days
10 February 2022 17 February 2022
16 February 2022 7 days
17 February 2022 24 February 2022
23 February 2022 7 days
24 February 2022 03 March 2022

Schedule of CTRF Operations

Operation date Term Settlement date Maturity date
28 May 2020 3 month 29 May 2020 28 August 2020
29 May 2020 1 month 01 June 2020 29 June 2020
05 June 2020 1 month 08 June 2020 06 July 2020
12 June 2020 1 month 15 June 2020 13 July 2020
19 June 2020 1 month 22 June 2020 20 July 2020
26 June 2020 1 month 29 June 2020 27 July 2020

Operational Standing Facilities

Our Operational Standing Facilities (OSFs) allow firms to deposit reserves with or borrow reserves directly from us. Currently we apply the following rates to these two facilities:

  • borrowing through OSF lending: 0.35%
  • placing reserves with us through OSF deposits: 0%.

In the event of an operational disruption to the CREST settlement system, we may use OSFs in a process known as Non-Standard CREST Closure (NSCC).

NSCC quick reference guide

Further information on Asset Purchase Facility operations

Sector share of corporate bond purchases

To aim for a balanced portfolio, we allocate each bond that is eligible for purchase to a sector, using a common sector classification. See the share of our purchases within the sectors.

Issuer and security eligibility for corporate bond purchases

We have published an updated list of the sterling corporate bonds that we will offer to purchase on behalf of the BEAPFF:

We have published a list of issuer holdings in the CBPS:

If you have any enquiry about eligible bonds, email eligible.securities@bankofengland.co.uk. Requests to consider additional corporate bonds which are not on the list should include the International Securities Identification Number (ISIN), prospectus or offering circular, pricing supplement or final terms and, if relevant, the guarantee.

Counterparties in the Corporate Bond Purchase Scheme must submit to us an indication of the bonds they would like to sell or take a position in (dealer axes). We have a template for providing this information:

You should send your submission to APF_CorporateBond_DealersInfo@bankofengland.co.uk, preferably by close of business on a daily basis, but at least by close of business on the first working day of the week.

Cash transfers between BEAPFF and Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT)

BEAPFF receives interest on the gilts and corporate bonds it holds, which were purchased using a loan from the Bank. Interest income is used to pay administrative costs, and interest on the loan. The net balance is transferred between BEAPFF and HMT every quarter. More detail about this process can be found in the following document:

Lending of gilts bought in APF Gilt Purchase Operations

We have agreed that we will make a small proportion of the gilts purchased available to the UK Debt Management Office (DMO) for on-lending to the market through the DMO’s normal repo market activity. We issued a joint statement on this in 2009.

How are market operations carried out?

Our electronic tendering system, Btender, is used to carry out auction operations. All counterparties that are eligible to participate and are signed up to our auction operations must use Btender, and take reasonable steps to ensure they are able to access this system across all locations they work from. You will also require access to SWIFTnet.

During the current period of market disruption, we recognise that it may not be possible in all cases for firms to use Btender. Our preference is for use of Btender in all circumstances to minimise operational risk. Where this is not possible, firms may submit proxy bids. Firms wishing to submit proxy bids should first seek approval by e-mailing: Markets-SMDDealers@bankofengland.co.uk with the names, e-mail addresses and direct work extension telephone numbers of all dealers authorised to submit bids on their behalf. 

On each auction day, the authorised dealer should first call +44 (0) 20 3461 5000 to confirm the bid. The authorised dealer should then e-mail: proxybids@bankofengland.co.uk, including the name of the auction in the subject header field when submitting their proxy bid. Before accepting any bids, we reserve the right to take further steps to confirm the eligibility of firms, and verify the identity of submitting dealers. We accept no liability for any delays arising from such checks.  

To contact the Sterling desk, call +44 (0) 20 3461 5000 or email Markets-SMDDealers@bankofengland.co.uk.

SMF Authorised Signatory Evidence Form

As a participant in the Sterling Monetary Framework, you are required to provide an authorised signatory evidence form and documentary evidence to support the authorised signatories. This form must be completed on behalf of your organisation and responsibility is with you, the participant, to keep this up to date, and inform the Bank of any updates or amendments in a timely and efficient manner.

To update your authorised signatory evidence form, complete our pro forma:

Evidence of authority and specimen signatures are required for the individual(s) signing off the form. We encourage you to read our guidance note on supporting evidence:

Please submit the form, and supporting evidence to Applications@bankofengland.co.uk.

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This page was last updated 25 November 2021

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