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A New Look, Incentives To Fight and Scary T-Bill Auctions: MarketVision Chronicle


The May 21 MarketVision Chronicle is out! (Needs free registration)

We’ve taken on a new look and would love your comments. Read also about how incentives drive abuse, especially where we get too frightened or lazy to react to such abuse. Also, the situation in T-Bill auctions gets increasingly concerning, and the yield curve is as flat as a blackboard. We end with all at MarketVision.

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Abhmahnung, and Incentives That Drive Abuse


Abmahnung is a German word that means “written warning” (or somewhat close). It’s a formal request made by an attorney to “cease and desist” from an activity that seems to be unlawful, even if the person being wronged is someone else. If you receive such a letter and desist from such activity, the law allows the sender to demand attorney costs from you. Your alternatives, if you receive such a letter, is to either pay up or go to court. Undoubtedly, some people get too scared of actually going to court and pay up.



The Scary T-Bills Situation


The government borrows money constantly, and while much of it is long-term (T-bond) offerings, a significant of money is short-term rolling money. Treasury bills are less than a year to maturity and are sold weekly by RBI in auctions.


The long term graph of 182 and 364 day T-Bills, for over 10 years, with data I collected, shows a scary trend.
182 and 364 day T-Bill Auctions Yields


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