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U.S. bond auction will test if yields are high enough to attract buyers

Mar 9, 2021
The government needs to plow out of a lot of debt from previous COVID-19 rescue packages and the potential $1.9 trillion in additional aid.
On Wednesday, the government will auction 10-year Treasury notes. But demand for government bonds has not been so hot lately.
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Bigger relief deal in a Democrat-led Senate is a "safe bet"

Jan 6, 2021
Two economists weigh in on what a Democrat-led Senate might mean for a stimulus package.
Democratic Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock, former Georgia legislator Stacey Abrams and Democratic Sen.-elect Jon Ossoff listen to President-elect Joe Biden speak during a campaign rally in Atlanta.
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Why the U.S. government would sell bonds that don't need to be paid back

It could help the federal government deal with the debt mountain it's amassing from COVID-19 spending.
Long-term bonds would help the Treasury borrow while locking in the current low interest rates.
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Fed takes unprecedented steps to prop up the economy

Mar 23, 2020
For the first time, the central bank will buy corporate and municipal bonds to keep money flowing.
The Federal Reserve's overall goal is to keep money flowing in the U.S. economy.
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Why the Treasury's offering a new 20-year bond

Jan 30, 2020
The Treasury Department last offered a 20-year bond in the 1980s. This spring, it's betting that certain types of investors will want to include them in their portfolios.
A view of the U.S. Treasury building in Washington, D.C.
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What does the bond market tell us about the economy?

Sep 27, 2019
If you want to know what's going on in this economy, the bond market is a pretty good place to start.
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Here’s why bond yields are rising

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Jan 9, 2018
When you buy 10-year Treasury bonds, you are essentially making a 10-year loan to the government. The returns on those loans are rising every day. There are a couple of reasons for that — and there are a couple of economic messages there as well.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

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