bid-to-cover ratio

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Bid-to-cover ratio

The ratio of the number of bids received in a Treasury security auction compared to the number of accepted bids.

Bid-to-Cover Ratio

In the auction of U.S. Treasury securities, the ratio of the bids received in the auction to the number of bids actually accepted. The bid-to-cover ratio is an indicator (though not the only one) of relative demand for Treasury securities. A bid-to-cover ratio of over 2.0 indicates a successful auction with competitive bidding, while a lower ratio indicates the opposite.

bid-to-cover ratio

At an auction of Treasury securities, the dollar amount of money being bid compared with the dollar amount of securities being auctioned. A high ratio indicates strong demand and is likely to strengthen the market prices of other fixed-income securities.
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Another boost came from a well-supported weekly bond auction in which the government sold 2021 and 2036 paper at bid-to-cover ratios of 2.
It determined that the rules often publish absurd and misleading bid-to-cover ratios, such as 4,000 to 1.
In some auctions no bid-to-cover ratio is computed at all by the MSRB.