Next week, on June 23, the U.S. Treasury will auction a reissue of 30-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities. The formal announcement came today: It is a 29-year, 8-month issue, meaning it is Cusip 912810QP6, which was first issued in February 2011.
February 2011 … so long ago … you might not remember that this TIPS auctioned four months ago with a real yield of 2.130%. It has a coupon rate of 2.125%.
In only four months … The real yield on TIPS has declined sharply, mainly for this reason: A rising fear of inflation. When inflation fears rise, investors are willing to pay more for TIPS, and accept a lower real yield, because TIPS investors ‘benefit’ from higher-than-expected inflation. The other contributing factor is turmoil in Europe over the potential for a Greek default. That pushes investors toward the safety of U.S. Treasuries.
And this was the result at Wednesday’s end:
Here was the yield at the end of Tuesday:
Keep in mind that four long months ago, you could have bought this 30-year TIPS with a real yield of 2.13%, with any future inflation building your principal over 30 years.
Makes you sort of nostalgic for the long-lost days of February.
At this point … I still would not rule out investing in this 30-year TIPS reissue, but I think it’s important to keep an eye on the potential yield. If it rises back toward 2%, this TIPS is a lot more attractive.