New US Treasury securities on sale in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says it expects to start offering investors a new Treasury security with variable interest rates in January. It will be the first new Treasury security in 15 years.

Treasury officials said they hope to be able to tell investors the size of the initial offering in November, providing time for bond traders to adjust their computer systems for the new product.

Offering a variable interest rate carries some risk to the government, which would have to pay more if, as economists expect, rates begin to rise in coming years from the current super low levels. But the government is counting on attracting more investors who will be drawn by the prospect of potentially higher yields.

A final rule describing the new floating rate notes was published Wednesday.

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