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Sep 22, 5:18 PM EDT

Rates on US Treasury bills drop at weekly auction

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills fell in Monday's auction, with rates on three-month bills dropping to their lowest point since late 2011.

The Treasury Department auctioned $24 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.010 percent, down from 0.015 percent last week. Another $23 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.040 percent, down from 0.045 percent last week.

The three-month rate was the lowest since three-month bills averaged 0.005 percent on Dec. 19, 2011. The six-month rate was the lowest since these bills averaged 0.030 percent on Sept. 16, 2013.

The discount rates reflect that the bills sell for less than face value. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,999.74 while a six-month bill sold for $9,997.98. That would equal an annualized rate of 0.010 percent for the three-month bills and 0.041 percent 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 0.12 percent last week from 0.11 percent the previous week.

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