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Friday, October 23, 2009

Treasury Auction Schedule

One way the US government finances its debt is by the sale of marketable Treasury Bills, Notes, Bonds, and Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS - more info) to the public. Individual investors, through the US Treasury ( or their bank and brokerage accounts, have the opportunity to participate in U.S. Treasury note, bill, bond and TIPS auctions without commissions for new issues.

Upcoming US Treasury Auctions
91-day Bill
182-day Bill912795UP410-26-200910-29-200904-29-2010
2-yr Note
4.5-yr TIPS
5-yr Note912828LS710-28-200911-02-200910-31-2014
7-yr Note912828LU210-29-200911-02-200910-31-2016
29-day Bill912795Q5310-27-200910-29-2009 note 1
91-day Bill912795S8511-02-200911-05-2009 note 1
182-day Bill912795U4111-02-200911-05-2009 note 1

note 1: tentative subject to official announcement

In every issue of The Retirement Advisor Newsletter we cover upcoming US Treasury Auctions with a more complete auction calendar. We also give our estimate for rates for 3 month bills to 30-year bonds plus 5-, 10- and 20-year TIPS.

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US Treasury Security Facts:
  • Marketable securities can be bought, sold or transferred after they are originally issued.
  • Treasury uses an auction process to sell marketable securities and determine their rate or yield.
  • The value of Treasury marketable securities fluctuates with changes in interest rates and market demand.
  • Marketable securities held in your account can be sold at current market prices through brokers and many financial institutions.

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