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5-Yr TIPS Auction  
Released On 12/21/2017 1:00:00 PM For 12/21/2017 1:00:00 PM
Auction Results
Total Amount$14 B 
Coupon Rate0.125% 
Bid/Cover2.78 
Yield Awarded0.370% 

Highlights
Inflation may be soft but demand for inflation protection is picking up, judging from the solid results of today's 5-year TIPS auction, where coverage, at 2.78, was the highest since August 2012. End investors were eager bidders for the inflation protected 5-year note, with non-dealers taking down 84 percent of the $14 billion offering, their largest share in at least 13 years. At 0.370 percent, the awarded high yield was 25.3 basis points above the last auction rate and the highest since December 2015. Since the nominal 5-year note was trading at a yield of 2.247 percent at the time of the auction close, the breakeven annual inflation rate for this TIPS is around 1.877 percent.

Definition
The Treasury sells inflation-indexed securities, also known as TIPS, at regularly scheduled auctions. Competitive bids at these single-price auctions determine the interest rate paid on each issue, which remains fixed. 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 TIPS auction twice a year -- in April and October. The 5-year TIPS are usually announced during the third week of April and auctioned the subsequent week. In October, TIPS are also announced during the third week of the month, but this is typically a reopening of a previously issued security. The 5-year TIPS are issued on the last business day of the month. These securities mature at mid-month; consequently, investors who purchase these securities at auction are required to pay the interest accrued between the 15th of the month and the issue date.  Why Investors Care
 
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Data Source: Haver Analytics
 
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The auction rate for the 5-year TIPS auction may be negative, but TIPS coupons have a minimum floor of plus 0.125 percent.
Data Source: Haver Analytics
 

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