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The effect of “regular and predictable” issuance on Treasury bill financing
The mission of Treasury debt management is to meet the financing needs of the federal government at the lowest cost over time. To achieve this objective, the U.S. Treasury Department follows a principle of ?regular and predictable? issuance of Treasury securities. But how effective is such an approach in achieving least-cost financing of the government?s debt? This article explores this question by estimating the difference in financing costs between a pure cost-minimization strategy for setting the size of Treasury bill auctions and strategies that focus instead on ?smoothness? ...