US 3 Month Bond Yield

The US three-month bond yield is a measure of the market's expectation of how the economy will be doing in 3 months' time. Bond yields fall when confidence is not so great and rise when confidence is built. It is measured by the price changes of US Treasury bills, a common debt security issued by the federal government.

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What is a bond yield?
Are Treasury bonds taxable?
How do US bond yields work?
What is the difference between Treasury bills and bonds?
What is the 3 month treasury bill secondary market rate?

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What is a bond yield?

A bond yield is the interest rate paid over a period of time and is the amount paid on a bond (or other fixed income security) that matures. Bonds are usually quoted with a yield to maturity (YTM), which is the discount (or premium) between the price paid and par value.


Are Treasury bonds taxable?

Treasury bonds are taxable at both the state and federal level. However, if you own a savings bond that was purchased at face value, you do not have to pay any tax on the interest received until redemption. If you purchase a bond for more than its face value and make a profit when redeeming it, the difference will be taxed.


How do US bond yields work?

The U.S. Treasury issues bonds for sale to investors as a way to finance the debt it takes on to fund government operations. When you buy a bond, you are essentially lending money to the government, which promises to pay back your principal in full when the bond reaches maturity. 
Investors collect interest (a coupon payment) on the bonds they hold. The 3-month bond yield is the yield obtained by investing in a government security maturing in 3 months. This is considered one of the most basic types of fixed income and can be used as a benchmark for other debt securities with a similar time to maturity.
  • What is the difference between Treasury bills and bonds?

    Treasury bills, notes, and bonds are all backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government and have similar maturities. The difference between them is the length of time until they mature, or reach their due date. Treasury notes mature in one to 10 years, while bonds mature in 10 to 30 years.
  • What is the 3 month treasury bill secondary market rate?

    The 3 Month Treasury Bill Secondary Market Rate is the weekly average yield on United States Treasury securities issued with a maturity of three months. The value represents the average between the bid and asked prices for U.S. Treasury bills, which are used as a standard to calculate interest rates for various consumer loans and mortgages.