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Deficit: Why Should I Care? by Marie Bussing-Burks

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Marketable Securities

Treasury bills, Treasury notes, Treasury bonds, and Treasury Inflation Protected Securites are referred to simply as Treasuries. While many similarities do exist among these instruments, such as liquidity and a wide secondary market, there are unique differences such as risk and maturity. The U.S. government sells a variety of instruments, to suit investor preferences, to finance the debt. Read on to learn more details.

Treasury Bills

Treasury bills (called “T-bills” for short) are the government's short-term securities, in that they mature in one year or less. Typical instruments are 4, 13-, 26-, and 52-week bills. These are also known as one-month, three-month, six-month, and one-year bills. Banks and financial institutions ...

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