Face it, the 30-year Treasury market is not as interesting as widely-traded as the 10-year Treasury market. But we did see some interesting revelations in today’s 30 year Treasury auction.
If yesterday’s 10Y auction was blockbuster, one of the strongest benchmark sales on record, then today’s $24 billion offering of 30Y paper – the last coupon auction of the week – was nothing short of spectacular.
Printing at a high yield of just 1.910%, the auction not only stopped at the lowest yield since January’s 1.825%, but also stopped through the When Issued by a whopping 1.8bps, the most since April and ended 4 consecutive months of tails in the 30Y tenor.
The bid to cover of 2.486 was not only a big jump from last month’s 2.208 but also the highest since the 2.500% in July 2020, and far above the six-auction average of 2.276.
The bid-to-cover ratio is the dollar amount of bids received in a Treasury security auction versus the amount sold. The bid-to-cover ratio is an indicator of the demand for Treasury securities. A high ratio is an indication of strong demand.
Primary dealers are responsible for absorbing any supply not bought by direct or indirect bidders. Indirect bidders, which include fund managers and foreign central banks. Dealer takedown of the 30Y Treasury is historically low.
The 10-year auction was similar in that the high rate fell. But the bid-to-cover declined.
The US Treasury actives curve remains upward sloping, albeit at lower yields across the curve.
Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellin’ is fear-mongering about a possible US debt default. True, US Treasury cash balance has declined to $231 billion.
Will Congress pass a budget and fill the Treasury coffers will lots of money? Of course. Here is the US CDS curve compared to Venezuela’s CDS curve. The US curve is close to zero while Venezuela’s at near 1,600 across tenors.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.