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Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose.

April 28, 1987

The Treasury sold $6.6 billion in new three-month bills at an average discount rate of 5.79%, up from 5.77% last week. Another $6.6 billion was sold in new six-month bills at an average discount rate of 6.14%, up from 6% last week. The rates were the highest since three-month bills sold for 5.98% on April 13 and since six-month bills sold for 6.18% on June 16 of last year. The new discount rates understate the actual return to investors--5.98% for three-month bills, with a $10,000 bill selling for $9,853.60, and 6.44% for six-month bills selling for $9,689.60. The discount rate reflects the price discount received when government securities are purchased at less than face value.

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