Norges Bank

Staff Memo, Government debt

Liquidity indicators for the Norwegian government bond market

Vetle Øye Opheim
Staff Memo

An objective of Norges Bank Government Debt Management is to meet the government’s borrowing requirement at the lowest possible cost. At the same time, Government Debt Management shall seek to maintain a yield curve out to 10 years. Market liquidity is of importance for both objectives. This article investigates liquidity developments in the Norwegian government bond market since 2010 with the aid of four indicators that comprise a composite liquidity index. I also examine whether Norwegian banks’ funding costs have affected government bond market liquidity in the period 2010–2018, but find no clear correlation.

Staff Memos present reports and documentation written by staff members and affiliates of Norges Bank, the central bank of Norway. Views and conclusions expressed in Staff Memos should not be taken to represent the views of Norges Bank.

ISSN 1504-2596 (online)

Published 26 November 2019 08:30
Published 26 November 2019 08:30