Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Treasury Auction Result for 8/18/2009

The U.S. Treasury Department auctioned the following Treasury securities today.

4-week bill: $32 billion

  • Primary Dealer: $19.32 billion
  • Indirect Bidder: $10.23 billion
  • Indirect Bidder Percentage: 32%
  • Bid to Cover Ratio: 3.59
  • Investment Rate: 0.127%
  • High Rate: 0.125% (allotted at high: 15.33%)
In addition, SOMA* purchased $2.42 billion 4-week bill.

Total for the week so far: $93 billion
  • Bills: $93 billion
Total for the month of August 09 so far: $466 billion
  • Bills: $391 billion(Of the total, $70 billion was for SFP for the Federal Reserve.)
  • Notes and bonds: $75 billion
Additional purchase by SOMA* for the month of August 09: $24.07 billion
  • Bills: $12.49 billion
  • Notes: $11.58 billion
*Scroll down to the bottom to see the explanation.


SOMA System Open Market Account at the Federal Reserve New York Bank
Primary Dealer A bank or securities broker-dealer that may trade directly with the Federal Reserve System. Primary Dealers are required to bid at Treasury auctions. Current list of Primary Dealers is available at New york Fed.
Indirect Bidder Supposed to be the foreign investors, both foreign central banks and foreign private investors
Bid to Cover ratio The number of bids received divided by the number of bids accepted. The higher the ratio, the higher the demand.
Reopening The U.S. Treasury issues additional amounts of a previously issued security. The reopened security has the same maturity date and coupon interest rate as the original security, but with a different issue date and usually a different purchase price.
Cash Management Bill (CMB) A short-term security sold by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The maturity on a CMB can range from a few days to six months. The money raised through these issues is used by the Treasury to meet any temporary shortfalls. CMBs tend to pay higher yields than bills with fixed maturities, but their shorter maturities lead to lower overall interest expense.
Supplementary Financing Program (SFP) A program initiated by the U.S. Treasury Department at the request of the Federal Reserve in September 17, 2008. The cash raised from the auction will be used in the various Federal Reserve initiatives to support the financial markets and manage its balance sheet.

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