Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management
The Treasury Bill Auction and the When-Issued Market: Some Evidence
- Author(s): Bikhchandani, S.
- Edsparr, P.
- Huang, C.
- et al.
We empirically examine the link between the when-issued market and the auction for Treasury bills. We find that on average it is cheaper to buy Treasury bills in the auction than in the when-issued market just before the auction closes. Surprisingly, primary dealers often submit bids in the auction that are higher in price than the concurrent when-issued ask price. We present evidence to show that this is due to the cost of revealing positive information too early by trading in when-issued markets before the auction. In addition, we examine what determines the dispersion of bids in the auction as well as test for collusive behavior in the bidding process.