Exchange Fund Bills and Notes (EFBNs) are Hong Kong dollar debt securities issued by the HKMA. They constitute direct, unsecured, unconditional and general obligations of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government for the account of the Exchange Fund and have the same status as all other unsecured debt of the Government.
The EFBN Issuance Programme ensures the supply of a significant amount of high-quality Hong Kong dollar debt papers, which can be employed as trading, investment and liquidity management instruments. Banks that maintain Hong Kong dollar clearing accounts with the HKMA may arrange repurchase agreements using their holdings of Exchange Fund papers (and other eligible securities) as collateral to obtain overnight liquidity from the HKMA through the Discount Window.
|Exchange Fund Bills||Exchange Fund Notes|
|Maturity||Less than 1 year
Normally, bills of 91-day, 182-day and 364-day maturity are issued regularly
|From 2-year to 15-year*
Notes of 2-year maturity are issued regularly
|Method of sales||By competitive tender on a bid-yield basis||By competitive tender on a bid-price basis or non-competitive tender|
|Interest rate||No interest paid||Fixed interest rate|
|Interest payment frequency (day count)||Not applicable||Semi-annually (Actual/365)|
* Since 2015, the HKMA has stopped new issuance of Exchange Fund Notes with tenors of three years or above.
The EFBN Programme adopts a dealership scheme to support market development.
Financial institutions maintaining Securities Accounts with the HKMA for holding Exchange Fund papers
Appointed from the pool of Recognised Dealers and are responsible for maintaining the liquidity of Exchange Fund papers in the secondary market, especially by undertaking to quote two-way prices upon request during normal trading hours
Eligible Market Makers
Appointed from the pool of Market Makers to participate in the primary market
Current list of Recognised Dealers and Market Makers
The HKMA publishes Exchange Fund Bills and Notes indicative pricings two times a day. The indicative pricings are calculated by Reuters based on indicative bid and ask quotes provided by the Eligible Market Markers designated by the HKMA.