Treasury Bills

The Times of India  Jan 27  Comment 
The RBI on Wednesday cancelled a Rs 9,000-crore auction of the government's 91-day Treasury Bills (T-bills) as it was not willing to accede to the demand for higher yields from bidders.
Motley Fool  Jan 5  Comment 
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Financial Times  Dec 9  Comment 
Short-term market rates rise ahead of first Fed tightening in almost a decade
Mondo Visione  Nov 25  Comment 
The OFR released a working paper today entitled, "Safe Assets as Commodity Money." This paper examines the systemic implications of the supply of liquid safe assets, such as Treasury bills. The paper explores how liquid safe assets facilitate the...
Wall Street Journal  Oct 14  Comment 
Investors are handing the federal government a lot of free money. The pile of Treasury bills sold at an interest rate of zero since the financial crisis topped $1 trillion this summer and grew further this week.
Wall Street Journal  Oct 6  Comment 
The U.S. Treasury sold a new government security maturing in three months at a yield of zero for the first time on record amid the highest demand since June.
MarketWatch  Oct 5  Comment 
Investors on Monday bought $21 billion in three-month Treasury bills at a yield of zero, the lowest yield at a three-month Treasury auction ever recorded. Despite the record-low yield, demand was the strongest in over three months, as the...
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.


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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