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5-Yr Note Auction  
Released On 7/26/2017 1:00:00 PM For 7/26/2017 1:00:00 PM
Auction Results
Total Amount$34 B 
Coupon Rate1.875% 
Bid/Cover2.58 
Yield Awarded1.884% 

Highlights
Results are solid for the monthly 5-year note auction, where coverage, at 2.58, was near the top of the yearly range and the bidding tight, pushing down the high yield to the awarded 1.884 percent, more than 1 basis point below the 1:00 bid. Demand from end investor was even stronger than the usually robust auction demand for the 5-year note, with non-dealers taking down 76 percent of the $34 billion offering. The 1.884 percent high yield was 5.6 basis points above last month's rate but 17.3 basis points below the high yield peak in December, which was the highest awarded at auction since April 2011.

Definition
Treasury notes are sold at regularly scheduled public auctions. The competitive bids at these auctions determine the interest rate paid on each Treasury note issue. A group of securities dealers, known as primary dealers, are authorized and obligated to submit competitive tenders at Treasury auctions. Dealers can hold the bills, resell the bills to their clients or trade them with other securities firms. Typically, the New York Fed approves about 20 securities firms to be primary dealers but that number dropped sharply during the 2008 financial crisis as some were merged into other firms or went bankrupt. The Fed has been rebuilding that number regularly and the latest list can be found here. The Treasury announces the amount, date and time of the 5-year note auction monthly. The 5-year notes are announced around the third week of the month (usually on Thursday) and then auctioned the following week. In all cases, the 5-year notes are issued (settled) on the last day of the month, unless it falls on a weekend or holiday, and then they are issued on the next business day. (Department of the Treasury)  Why Investors Care
 
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Data Source: Haver Analytics
 
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It is not unusual to see average yields on 5-year notes to run at least 100 basis points over the fed funds rate target - at least during periods of stability in monetary policy stance. But the differential has swung in some years. In 2007 and early 2008, the 5-year note rate was below the fed funds target on tight monetary policy. In latter 2008 and through 2011, extremely loose monetary policy pushed the differential back up. This chart shows the average monthly 5-year note yield, not the latest auction results.
Data Source: Haver Analytics
 

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