Magazine article Medical Economics

Money Management

Magazine article Medical Economics

Money Management

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Timetable for sales of Treasury notes

I intend to buy Treasury notes with terms of two to 10 years, so they'll mature when I expect to need the money. I know I can get them commission-free directly from the Treasury Department, but at what intervals are they offered, and how much is the minimum investment?

The Treasury auctions two- and fiveyear notes during the latter half of every month. Auctions of three- and 10year notes usually take place the second week in February, May, August, and November. (Ten-year notes are also auctioned in July and October.) The minimum purchase is $5,000 for two- or three-year notes and $1,000 for those with longer terms. You can buy additional amounts of any notes in multiples of $1,000.

After setting up an account with the Treasury, you can make a "non-competitive" bid by filling out a simple tender form and mailing it with a check. The envelope must be postmarked no later than the day before an auction. The Wall Street Journal and many other newspapers publish auction dates, and you can find them on the Internet (http://www.publicdebt. treas.gov). Forms and other information are also available from regional Federal Reserve Banks and from the Bureau of the Public Debt, Washington, D.C. 202390001 (202674-4000).

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