Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Treasury Auction Result for 12/22/2009

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

4-week bill: $28 billion (last week $28 billion)

  • Primary Dealer: $10.59 billion
  • Indirect Bidder: $16.93 billion
  • Indirect Bidder Percentage: 60.5% (last week 18.8%)
  • Bid to Cover Ratio: 4.08 (last week 4.33)
  • Investment Rate: 0.005% (last week 0%)
  • High Rate: 0.005% (allotted at high: 65.60%)
In addition, SOMA* purchased $3.78 billion 4-week bill.

Total for the week: $89 billion

  • Bills: $89 billion
  • Notes and bonds: $0 billion
Total for December 2009 so far: $427 billion
  • Bills: $353 billion
  • Notes and bonds: $74 billion
Additional purchase by SOMA* for December 2009 so far: $18.828 billion
  • Bills: $18.43 billion
  • Notes and bonds: $398 million

*For details, scroll down to the bottom of the page.


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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