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Birth of a MarketThe U.S. Treasury Securities Market from the Great War to the Great Depression$
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Kenneth D. Garbade

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016377

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016377.001.0001

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Treasury Debt Management since 1939

Treasury Debt Management since 1939

(p.336) (p.337) 24 Treasury Debt Management since 1939
Birth of a Market

Kenneth D. Garbade

The MIT Press

This chapter examines several aspects of how Treasury officials exercised their authority with respect to debt management policy after 1939. It begins with a brief survey of how the Treasury financed World War II. It then explains how a wartime interest rate stabilization program solved a problem faced by Secretary McAdoo twenty-five years earlier, and describes the difficult process of terminating that program following the end of hostilities. It concludes with a discussion of how the Treasury arrived at the strategy of regular and predictable auction offerings that has been in place since the mid-1970s—a strategy that grew out of the innovations of Secretary Mellon and Secretary Mills in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Keywords:   Treasury debt, debt management, World War II, wartime financing, auctions

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