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Subject: Re: How to ladder CDs/T-Notes, etc Date: 8/16/1999 9:44 PM
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Hi, Zoe

To get the nomenclature correct, I believe T-bills mature from 13 to 52 weeks, T-notes - 2 to 10 years, and T-bonds - over 10 years.

Lets say you have $50K that you want to spend over the next 5 years, starting now. You put:
$10K into a MMF for the next 12 months' expenses
$10K into a CD/T-bill to mature in 1 year
$10K into a CD/T-note to mature in 2 years
$10K into a CD/T-note to mature in 3 years
$10K into a CD/T-note to mature in 4 years

The minimum purchase amount for a non-competitive T-bill/note bid is $1000, in multiples of $1000. Go here for info, http://www.publicdebt.treas.gov/sec/sec.htm

Zev
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