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52-Week Bill Auction  
Released On 10/9/2018 1:00:00 PM For 10/9/2018 1:00:00 PM
Auction Results
Total Amount$26 B 
52-Week Bill Rate2.580% 

Coverage, at 3.48, was solid for the 52-week T-bill auction, driven by very strong end investor demand, which is especially impressive given today's unusually large supply of T-bills stemming from the shifting of the 3- and 6-month auctions to this morning because of Monday's Columbus Day holiday. Non-dealers took down 64 percent of the $26 billion offering, the second largest share for the 52-week bill in at least 8 years. The high discount rate, awarded at 2.580 percent, was 11.5 basis points above last month's auction rate.

Also known as the 12-month or 1-year bill, the 52-week bill has the longest term to maturity among Treasury bill offerings and its auctions are the least frequent, held just once every 4 weeks while other Treasury bill maturities are auctioned weekly. Competitive bids at these auctions determine the interest rate paid on each 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. Since these are public auctions, the Treasury must announce the size, date and time of the auctions sufficiently in advance. Except for holidays or special circumstances, 52-week bills are announced every 4 weeks on Thursday for auction the following Tuesday and issued (settled) on the Thursday following the auction. (Department of the Treasury)  Why Investors Care

Data Source: Haver Analytics
The yield on the 52-week Treasury bill is typically somewhat higher than the federal funds rate except when markets expect upward or downward changes in monetary policy through the fed funds rate. The chart depicts the high discount rate awarded at 52-week T-bill auctions since January 2012 up to and including the latest auction results.
Data Source: Haver Analytics

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