The U.S. Treasury Department said it hasn’t yet made a decision on whether to allow negative-rate bidding in auctions of Treasury bills.
The Treasury told members of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee to study “operational issues” connected with possible negative-rate bidding, according to minutes of a conference call with members of the committee.
The Treasury said it was on schedule for its first auction of floating-rate notes late next year. The conference call was held instead of the usual dealer meeting because of Hurricane Sandy. The committee of bond dealers meets quarterly with the Treasury.