Treasury draws negative yield for first time
The Treasury sold $10 billion of five-year Treasury Inflation Protected Securities at a negative yield for the first time in the history of U.S. debt. The securities drew a yield of negative 0.55 percent, the same as the average forecast in a Bloomberg News survey of 7 of the Federal Reserve’s 18 primary dealers. The bid-to-cover ratio, which gauges demand by comparing total bids with the amount of securities offered, was 2.84. The average at the last 120 auctions was 2.38. The sale was a reopening of an $11 billion offering in April. “These negative yields are being driven by the Federal Reserve and their push to increase inflation expectations,” Michael Pond, co-head of U.S. rates strategy in New York at Barclays Plc, said before the sale. The firm is one of 18 primary dealers required to bid at Treasury auctions.