The liquidity situation is expected to ease this week on bond maturities and coupon payments estimated at Ksh 47.96 billion.
This was also partly attributable to the banks trading cautiously in the interbank market in order to meet their CRR requirements for the cycle ending 14th September. This pushed the weighted average overnight rate to 5.47 per cent – it’s the highest level since late April 2021.
According to financial analysts, the central bank injected nearly Ksh26.00 billion into the market to support the banks.
For the week, the NCBA Research team says, “However, some tax settlements in the week and early circle balance build-up could somewhat offset the positive cash disposition, delaying the return to the Pre-IFB equilibrium. Barring any significant government payments, the overnight rate could hold above 4.50 per cent in the week.”