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The Treasury sold $7.2 billion of new...

The Treasury sold $7.2 billion of new three-month bills at an average discount rate of 8.24%, up from 8.22% last week. Another $7.2 billion of new six-month bills was sold at an average discount rate of 8.37%, up from 8.33% last week. The rates were the highest since three-month bills sold for 8.41% on March 25, 1985, and six-month bills averaged 8.56% on April 8, 1985. The new discount rates understate the actual return to investors--8.53% for three-month bills, with a $10,000 bill selling for $9,791.70, and 8.86% for six-month bills selling for $9,576.90. The discount rate reflects the price discount received when government securities are purchased at less than face value.


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