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Treasury's official blog, featuring blog posts from Treasury's senior officials and staff sharing news, announcements and information about the work done at the Treasury Department.

Examining Corporate Bond Liquidity and Market Structure

By: Jake Liebschutz and Brian Smith
Thursday, July 07, 2016

The corporate bond market, in contrast to the Treasury market discussed previously in this series, is highly diverse with tens of thousands of distinct securities. Accordingly, liquidity differs in the corporate bond market.  While certain bonds trade frequently, many rarely trade. 
Posted in: Fixed Income

An Update on the Fiscal-Federal Student Aid Pilot for Servicing Defaulted Student Loan Debt

By: David Lebryk
Friday, July 01, 2016

Today, Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal) is releasing a report on the first year of a its pilot program with the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) launched last year to learn more about the way the government collects on defaulted student loans.​
Posted in: Student Loan

West Africa -- Treasury Technical Assistance Helps Mobilize Domestic Resources by Strengthening Regional Debt Markets

By: Larry McDonald
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

​While domestic resource mobilization often focuses on increasing tax collections, the development of sovereign debt markets, which constitute the foundation for broader financial market development, is equally important.
Posted in: Domestic Resources

Congress Must Act Before July 1 to Help Puerto Rico

By: Daniel Watson
Monday, June 27, 2016

Puerto Rico is in crisis, and its only hope for recovery and growth is legislation that authorizes the tools necessary for better fiscal management and a sustainable level of debt.  Early in June, the House passed a compromise bill, with an overwhelming bipartisan vote, that will give Puerto Rico the tools to recover without any federal spending.  The Senate should take up the matter immediately.  Delay will only jeopardize the ability of Congress to conclude its work before July 1, a critical deadline Puerto Rico’s leadership has publicly highlighted for months.
Posted in: Category 1

U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Outcomes Highlights

By: Christopher Adams
Monday, June 13, 2016

At its annual meeting June 6-7, the United States secured new commitments from China across a range of economic policy areas, including macroeconomic policy, trade and investment, financial regulation, and global economic governance​.
Posted in: S&ED

Examining Swap Spreads and the Implications for Funding the Government

By: James Clark and Gabriel Mann
Thursday, June 09, 2016

Since the financial crisis, the relationship between Treasury securities and interest rate swaps has changed.  Swap rates have tended to decline relative to Treasury yields, resulting in a negative swap spread for some tenors.  Some argue that this change means that there is a higher cost for funding the government relative to the corporate sector.  Below we explain why that argument is flawed by taking a closer look at relative funding costs and structural dynamics within the swaps market. 
Posted in: Fixed Income

Examining Liquidity in On-the-Run and Off-the-Run Treasury Securities

By: James Clark, Chris Cameron and Gabriel Mann
Friday, May 20, 2016

This post explores how the “G-spread” (a measure of the difference in pricing between on-the-run and off-the-run securities) has evolved over time and across the curve. 
Posted in: Fixed Income

Strengthening Public and Private Sector Collaboration in Improving America’s Infrastructure

By: Jane Dokko
Thursday, May 19, 2016

As part of Infrastructure Week 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department is releasing a white paper on “An Economic Framework for Comparing Public-Private Partnerships and Conventional Procurement.” 
Posted in: Infrastructure

ICYMI: News on Marketplace Lending White Paper

By: Dan Cruz
Friday, May 13, 2016

​This week, the Treasury Department issued a white paper on online marketplace lending titled, "Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending.” The paper provides an overview of the market and reports key findings from the Department’s Request for Information published last July, including structural trends that require ongoing observation and important policy recommendations. Here are a few highlights from the press coverage of our announcement.
Posted in: Marketplace Lending

Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending

By: Dan Cruz
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The U.S. Treasury Department today issued a white paper regarding its review of the online marketplace lending industry. The white paper titled, “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending,” provides an overview of what the Treasury Department heard in response to its Request for Information, and it contains research on and recommendations for the industry.​
Posted in: Marketplace Lending
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