Garriott, Corey Lefebvre, Sophie Nolin, Guillaume Rivadeneyra, Francisco Walton, Adrian
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Bank of Canada Staff Discussion Paper 2018-15
This paper presents four blue-sky ideas for lowering the cost of the Government of Canada's debt without increasing the debt's risk profile. We argue that each idea would improve the secondary-market liquidity of government debt, thereby increasing the demand for government bonds and thus lowering their cost at issuance. The first two ideas would improve liquidity by enhancing the active management of the government's debt through market operations used to support the liquidity of outstanding bonds. The second two ideas would simplify the set of securities issued by the government, concentrating issuance in a smaller set of bonds that would each be more highly traded. We discuss the ideas and give an account of the political, legal and operational impediments.
Debt management Financial markets Market structure and pricing