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What is Commercial Paper?

The commercial paper refers to a short-term, unsecured debt obligation that is issued by financial institutions and large corporations as an alternative to costlier methods of funding. It is a money market instrument that generally comes with a maturity of up to 270 days.

Most of the commercial paper investors are from the banking sector, individuals, corporate and incorporated companies, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs), etc. However, FII can only invest according to the limit outlined by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)

In India, commercial paper is a short-term unsecured promissory note issued by the Primary Dealers (PDs) and the All-India Financial Institutions (FIs) for a short period of 90 days to 364 days.

Commercial Paper in India

On 27th March 1989, commercial paper in India was introduced by RBI in the Indian money market. It was initially recommended by the Vaghul Working Group based on the following points.

Features of Commercial Paper

Types of Commercial Paper

According to security, there are two types of commercial papers



The formula for estimation of the discounted price of a commercial paper.

Price = Face Value/ [1 + yield x (no. of days to maturity/365)]

Yield = (Face value – Price)/ (price x no of days to maturity) X 365 X 100

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