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Rates at US Treasury bill auction unchanged for both 3-month and 6-month bills

WASHINGTON – Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills were unchanged in Monday’s auction.

The Treasury Department auctioned $24 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.015 per cent, the same as last week.

Another $24 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.040 per cent, also 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 $9,999.62 while a six-month bill sold for $9,997.98. That would equal an annualized rate of 0.015 per cent for the three-month bills and 0.041 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, edged up to 0.11 per cent last week from 0.10 per cent the previous week.