How to find historical interest rates on treasury bonds

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Historical Treasury bond rates may not be something you need every day. However, when you need this specialised information, you will want to know how and where to find it. Go directly to the source: the U.S. Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve publishes a statistical release each business day online. The release includes archived historical data that can be used to find the treasury bond rate you require. Data in the archives dates back to January 2, 2003.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Go to the website for the Federal Reserve: www.federalreserve.gov.>

  2. 2

    Choose "Publications" on the top right of the main menu.

  3. 3

    Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and choose "Selected Interest Rates - H.15" under "Most Requested Publications." The next screen will provide interest rates for the prior week. The information is sorted by date and type of financial instrument. Scroll down to find the title "U.S. Government Securities." Select the type of Treasury bill from the options listed and view the rates for the past week.

  4. 4

    To view the archived data for Treasury bills, select the option for "Historical Data" located at the top of the screen.

  5. 5

    Scroll down the list of financial instruments until you come to "U.S. Government Securities - Treasury Bills." Find the type of Treasury bill you need information on and select a date parameter. Notice the data is presented for business days, weekly on Fridays, monthly and annually. When you select the date parameter, you will be brought to a new screen.

  6. 6

    Scroll down the data list and locate the date you need the Treasury bill rate. For example, if you needed the rate for a 10-year, inflation-indexed Treasury bill as of August 12, 2003, you would select Treasury Bill, 10-year, inflation indexed, business day and scroll down to find the rate of 2.29%.

Tips and warnings

  • Note the date the last update was performed on the data at the bottom of the screen when you choose "Selected Interest Rates -- H.15" in Step 2. If you need current information, make sure the data has been updated through the date you are searching for.

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