Many sovereign issuers are operating in the markets through an appointed group of banks called Primary Dealers (PDs) or Market Makers. These market counterparties are subject to certain obligations, which differ from country to country, but usually include participating in the auctions, placing the government securities and maintaining a liquid secondary market by making continuous bid–offer prices. For the EU Member States where a PD system is in place, the EFC Sub-Committee on EU Sovereign Debt Markets (ESDM) has compiled a list of links to official information on the composition of the PD group as well as links to the PD code of conduct.
PDs also have a reporting obligation towards the respective Debt Management Offices (DMOs) on all outright purchases and sales in government securities.
These reports provide the DMO’s with useful information on market trends in the placement of government securities and hence are an important tool in managing the relationship with investors and steering marketing efforts. The reported information can be communicated to investors and market participants in an aggregated format.