APF: Additional Gilt Purchases
Operations to make gilt purchases will commence on 20 March 2020 when the Bank intends to purchase £5.1bn of gilts spread evenly between short, medium and long maturity buckets. These operations will last for 30 minutes from 12.15 (short), 13.15 (medium) and 14.15 (long).
Offers for different stocks will be allocated based on the attractiveness of offers for each stock relative to market mid yields for the stocks, as published by Tradeweb, at the close of the auction. There will be no minimum allocation to a particular stock.
The Bank intends to continue to purchase evenly across the three gilt maturity sectors. However, the maturity sectors will be redefined as: gilts with a residual maturity of 3-7 years (short); those with a residual maturity of 7-20 years (medium); and those with a residual maturity of over 20 years (long). The Bank will keep the definition of the maturity sectors under review in light of market conditions and subsequent policy actions.
The Bank will confirm details of the following week’s operations each Friday at 12.00 (London time), beginning on 20 March with details of purchases for the week commencing 23 March.
The Bank intends to conclude the reinvestment of cash flows associated with the 7 March 2020 gilt held in the APF on Monday 23 March, when it will purchase gilts in short, medium and long maturity buckets. Additional purchase operations will then follow on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The Bank initially intends to purchase each of the short, medium and long maturity sector on each purchase day (i.e. three operations per purchase day). The Bank will keep the schedule of operations under review in light of prevailing market conditions.
The Bank intends to set and vary the pace of its gilt purchases in response to market conditions and to support market functioning.
Given prevailing conditions, the Bank intends – at least initially – to make purchases at a materially higher pace than in the recent past. This pace will be kept under review in light of market conditions and any subsequent policy actions.
Change to the schedule gilt reinvestments announced on 30 January 2020:
Prior to the 19 March announcement the Bank was in the process of reinvesting of the £17.5bn cash flows associated with the maturity on 7 March 2016 of a gilt owned by the APF.
As noted above, and consistent with supporting current market conditions, the Bank will complete the remaining £10.2bn of gilt purchases by conducting sets of auctions (short, medium, long maturity sectors) on Friday 20 March and Monday 23 March (i.e. three auctions on each day).