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30-Yr Bond Auction  
Released On 3/9/2017 1:00:00 PM For 3/9/2017 1:00:00 PM
Auction Results
Total Amount$12 B 
Coupon Rate3.000% 
Yield Awarded3.170% 

Results are moderately solid for the monthly 30-year bond auction, where coverage of 2.34 was about the average for the last 2 years and the bidding was fairly tight, pulling down the high yield to 3.170 percent, about 0.3 basis points below the 1:00 bid. End investors were a little more reticent than in yesterday's very strong 10-year auction following the ensuing sell-off, but non-dealers still took down 74 percent of the $12 billion offering, their largest share since July. The 3.170 percent high yield was the highest awarded at auction since September 2014 and 16.5 basis points above the previous month's 30-year bond auction rate.

Treasury notes are sold at regularly scheduled public auctions. The competitive bids at these auctions determine the interest rate paid on each Treasury note 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. The Treasury announces the amount, date and time of the 30-year note auction. Through 2008, the 30-year bond auctions had been quarterly. In 2009, the Treasury added more auctions that recur almost monthly to help fund the expanded federal deficit. The 30-year bonds are announced around the first week of the month and then auctioned the following week. Generally, the 30-year bonds are issued (settled) on the 15th of the month, unless it falls on a weekend or holiday, and then they are issued on the next business day. The issuance of new 30-year bonds went on hiatus in 2001 but the Treasury reinstituted them in 2006. (Department of the Treasury)  Why Investors Care

Data Source: Haver Analytics
This chart reflects the monthly average yields for 30-year bonds in the secondary market. These could be at slight odds with the auction averages in the primary market.
Data Source: Haver Analytics

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