Upcoming TIPS auctions

Security Type New or reopening? Announcement Date Auction Date
10-Year TIPS New Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
30-Year TIPS New Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
10-Year TIPS Reopening Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017
5-Year TIPS New Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017 Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017

We can expect a TIPS auction every month of the year, with some new issues and some reissues. The Treasury lately has tended to ignore the announcement dates it lists, you can often find details about a TIPS auction a week earlier on TreasuryDirect.gov.

Here is the traditional pattern of TIPS auctions:

  • January. New 10-year TIPS.
  • February. New 30-year TIPS.
  • March. Reopening of January 10-year.
  • April. New 5-year TIPS.
  • May. Reopening of January 10-year.
  • June. Reopening of February 30-year.
  • July. New 10-year TIPS.
  • August. Reopening of April 5-year.
  • September. Reopening of July 10-year.
  • October. Reopening of February 30-year.
  • November. Reopening of July 10-year.
  • December. Reopening of April 5-year.

14 Responses to Upcoming TIPS auctions

  1. JJ says:

    Could you explain, or direct me to where on the site an explanation already exists for, the difference between new and reissued TIPS as listed above? Thanks.

  2. tipswatch says:

    JJ, the Treasury does a TIPS auction each month, and sometimes it is a new issue. That means the base interest rate (coupon rate) and yield to maturity will be set at auction. So for a new issue, you won’t know coupon rate for sure, and the yield you get will be close to the coupon rate. The price you pay for the TIPS will be close to par value, as long as the yield is positive.

    When a TIPS is reissued, it carries the coupon rate from the original auction. A few months will have passed, so the yield could have moved strongly up or down from the coupon rate, meaning the price you pay for the TIPS could be less or more than par value.

    Once a TIPS is issued, it trades on the secondary market, so it is easier to estimate its likely value at auction. With a new issue, the price can be a little harder to estimate.

    Take a look at this post for a recap of all the new and reissues of 2012 and you can see the pattern: https://tipswatch.com/2012/12/30/recapping-2012-the-year-in-tips/

  3. Ed says:

    Dave,
    From Goldman-Sachs just now:
    After October 17, the Treasury can keep conducting auctions to roll over maturing securities, but it cannot increase outstanding debt. If the debt limit is not raised before the Treasury depletes its cash balance, Goldman fears it could force the Treasury to rapidly …
    The upcoming 30 yr TIPS auction might have an elevated yield due to concerns …
    Will bear extra watching, maybe …
    Best,
    Ed

  4. tipswatch says:

    Ed, not seeing any upward trend yet in yields. Seems inevitable, but busting the debt limit is very negative for the stock market and very positive for Treasurys, as odd as that sounds. So the trend right now is for lower yields.

  5. Ed says:

    Dave, I was thinking that if the USA looks uncertain to repay its debts, higher yields for USA to borrow will result. You seem to be reckoning oppositely … I don’t follow.
    Ed

  6. tipswatch says:

    Ed, I would have thought that too, especially in 2011 when the S&P actually downgraded the US debt at the apex of a similar crisis. Instead the exact opposite happened, as I detailed in this posting: https://tipswatch.com/2013/04/25/the-tips-earthquake-when-did-it-happen-and-why/

    What actually happened was a severe decline in the stock market and a flight to safety, with Treasurys and especially TIPS benefiting. Back in 2011, the fear was a government with spending out of control. That has lessened a bit now, since government spending isn’t the key issue. But it is still an issue, and inflation is still a threat.

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  8. pamsummers says:

    have you a POV on the 10 yr now open?

  9. ambrose bierce says:

    I don’t understand the significance of the TIP ETF. Is that just the current price, and why do I care if I am holding the actual bonds? I also prefer to buy when inflation sentiment is out of favor, and buy at a discount. The government pays you to buy their paper, that seems like a good thing for the investor.

    • tipswatch says:

      Ambrose, I don’t invest in the TIP ETF or any TIPS mutual funds, but the price of that ETF is a good indication of current sentiment. It is up more than 5% since February, which indicates that both Treasurys and inflation protection are in high demand. The 10-year TIPS is now yielding 0.12%, down about 60 basis points since the January auction.

  10. ambrose bierce says:

    what do you think of the FRN?

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