Treasury Bills

Financial Times  Sep 27  Comment 
Islamic Treasury Bills will be issued to stimulate cash-strapped economy
Wall Street Journal  Sep 22  Comment 
The sale of one-month Treasury bills highlights the depth of uncertainty about global economic conditions and investors’ desire to park cash where they know it will be readily available.  Sep 14  Comment 
WASHINGTON - Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills fell in Monday's auction to their lowest levels in three weeks.
The Economic Times  Aug 17  Comment 
T-bills are short-term securities issued on behalf of the government by the RBI and are used in managing liquidity for the government.
MarketWatch  Aug 5  Comment 
The Treasury is ‘very concerned’ it has to trim the size of T-bill auctions in order to avoid hitting the debt ceiling, a department official said Wednesday.
The Economic Times  Jun 10  Comment 
RBI is selling 150 billion rupees ($2.35 billion) of treasury bills, including 90 billion rupees of 91-day t-bills and 60 billion rupees of 364-day t-bills.


The graph to the left is the discount rate for T-Bills with a 3-month maturity.

Treasury bills are short-term debt securities issued by the U.S. Government. They are issued in lengths of four weeks (30 days), three months (90 days), six months (180 days), and one year (360 days). However, the one year bill is currently no longer issued. Treasury bills are known as a zero coupon, or discount security, since it pays the interest and principal at maturity.

The rates listed on Treasury bills are known as discount rates. However, it is important know two things when purchasing Treasury bills:

  1. The discount rate is annualized
  2. The Treasury assumes that a year has 360 days




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