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Generational Dynamics Web Log for 19-Mar-08
Treasury Bills are now hardly worth the trouble

Web Log - March, 2008

Treasury Bills are now hardly worth the trouble

After the Fed's Tuesday action, lowering the Fed Funds rate by % to 2%, the yield on 3-month Treasury bills is now 0.79%, and on 6-month T-bills it's now 1.24%.

I've suggested short-term T-bills in the past as a perfectly safe investment vehicle for those who feel that they MUST be earning interest, and so would like to avoid just keeping cash.

But with T-bill interest rates so low, it may not be worth the trouble. It's even worse if you purchase T-bills through a broker who charges a fee. However, if you still wish to consider T-bills, you can get them online with no fee from http://treasurydirect.gov .

The other alternative you can consider is getting a bank CD (Certificate of Deposit). Many banks are now providing above-market yields, because they're anxious to get customers. As usual, though, make sure that the bank is FDIC insured, and that you carefully follow all the rules, especially if you're depositing more than $100,000. (19-Mar-08) Permanent Link
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