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Treasuries are very liquid, and there is little a broker can do to mark up their prices, either directly or indirectly through fees and commissions, since the broker knows the exact same bonds will be available everywhere else at a lower price.

Absolutely true, foobar73. I love the liquidity of the Treasury market: its fair, both-sides pricing and the instant executions. My remarks apply to corporates only, though in all credit ratings, not just junk where the difficulties are truly adverse.

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