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Foreign Investors Put in Bids Worth $1.45 Billion for Government Bonds

In a strong demand for government bonds, overseas investors have put in bids worth over $1.45 billion in an auction for debt securities valued at about $678 million.
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Mumbai: In a strong demand for government bonds, overseas investors have put in bids worth over $1.45 billion in an auction for debt securities valued at about $678 million.

The auction was held at BSE's 'ebidxchange' platform for allocation of investment limits in government debt securities worth Rs 4,176 crore ($677.77 million.) The auction attracted bids for Rs 8,961 crore ($1.45 billion), as per the bourse.

At the end of two-hour auction on Wednesday evening, as many as 76 bids were made in the auction. Of which, 31 were declared successful.



The debt auction quotas give overseas investors the right to invest in debt up to the limit purchased.

In the auction conducted by National Stock Exchange earlier this month, government bonds had attracted bids worth Rs 4,963 crore as against securities valued Rs 3,117 crore on offer.

Foreign investors have put in over Rs 1.2 lakh crore in the debt market so far in 2014. The equity market has also seen similar trends with overseas fund inflows of over Rs 83,000 crore since the beginning of the year.

According to market experts, overseas investors have been pumping money in the country's debt market primarily on account of government's reforms agenda and the RBI's pledge to tame inflation.

As per norms, foreign investors can purchase up to $25 billion in government debt without restrictions. Exchanges initiate the auction mechanism once overseas investor reach 90 per cent of that limit.



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