WASHINGTON – The interest rate on three-month U.S. Treasury bills fell in Monday’s auction while the rate on six-month bills was unchanged.
The Treasury Department auctioned $25 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.045 per cent, down from 0.050 per cent last week. Another $25 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.075 per cent, unchanged from last week.
The discount rates reflect that the bills sell for less than face value. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,998.86, while a six-month bill sold for $9,996.21. That would equal an annualized rate of 0.046 per cent for the three-month bills and 0.076 per cent for the six-month bills.
Separately, the Federal Reserve said Monday that the average yield for one-year Treasury bills, a popular index for making changes in adjustable rate mortgages, was 0.12 per cent last week, unchanged from the previous week.