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Rate falls on 3-month Treasury bills by a meager 0.005 percent

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 US$25 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.045 percent, down from 0.050 percent last week. Another US$25 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.075 percent, unchanged from last week.

The discount rates reflect that the bills sell for less than face value. For a US$10,000 bill, the three-month price was US$9,998.86, while a six-month bill sold for US$9,996.21. That would equal an annualized rate of 0.046 percent for the three-month bills and 0.076 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, was 0.12 percent last week, unchanged from the previous week.

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