The Ultimate Treasury Bills Quiz

The Ultimate Treasury Bills Quiz
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About This Quiz

You don't need to be a stock market or finance expert to invest in Treasury bills. Treasury bills are simple and easy to purchase and are a great and safe way to invest even small amounts of money. Take this quiz and learn how you can make a wise and easy investment with Treasury bills.
What is a benefit of investing in Treasury bills?
It's a simple form of investment.
It's risk-free.
both of the above
Purchasing Treasury bills is a simple and risk-free way to invest your money. You also don't need to invest a bundle of money for it to be worthwhile.

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When you purchase a Treasury bill you are lending money to:
the government
By purchasing a Treasury bill, also known as a T-bill, your government is essentially borrowing your money.
the bank
a credit union

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Every Treasury bill has a maturity date. What is this?
The date that you purchased the Treasury bill.
The date that you can cash in your Treasury bill.
You can cash in a Treasury bill only at a pre-determined date, known as the maturity date. This essentially means that you cannot get your money back until the maturity date.
The date that you earn your interest on your Treasury bill.

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What is the discount rate of a Treasury bill?
the percentage of interest earned
The discount rate is the percentage of interest earned on a Treasury bill. For instance, if you paid $960 for a Treasury bill and received $1000 at the maturity date, then the discount rate is four percent.
the percentage of money lost
the percentage of money the government earns

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When were Treasury bills first used by the American government?
during World War I
In the United States, Treasury bills were first used during World War I as a source of emergency funds.
during the Great Depression
during World War II

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How long is a typical Treasury bill investment?
one year
Treasury bills typically mature one year from purchase. You can also purchase Treasury bills that mature in one month and six months from the date of purchase.
five years
10 years

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What is the value of most Treasury bills?
$100 and $500
$1,000 and $10,000
The face value, or the par value, of most Treasury bills is $1,000 and $10,000. However, you can purchase Treasury bills raging from $100 to $1,000,000.
$5,000 and $10,000

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What is the purpose of Treasury bills?
to finance the government's budget
to finance the government 's national debt
Treasury bills are a way for the government to make money from the public and help finance the government's national debt.
both of the above

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Treasury bills are exempt from:
state taxes
You won't have to pay local or state taxes on your Treasury bill purchase, but you will have to pay federal taxes.
federal taxes
both of the above

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Where can you purchase a Treasury bill?
at the bank only
at a governmental office only
at the bank, online or through a broker
You can purchase a Treasury bill at a bank, through a broker, or on a Web site that sells Treasury bills.

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How are Treasury bills issued?
through an auction bidding process
Treasury bills are issued weekly through an auction bidding process. Bills are only issued electronically and no longer come in paper form.
through a governmental agency
through the stock market

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What happens if you make a non-competitive bid for a Treasury bill?
You accept the interest rate that is decided at the auction.
Most people not familiar with the Treasury binding process make a non-competitive bid. This means that you accept the interest rate that is determined on the day of the auction.
You accept the interest rate that is determined by the government.
You accept a standard four percent interest rate.

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How is the interest rate of a non-competitive bid determined?
It's the average of all competitive bids.
The interest rate of a non-competitive bid, also known as the set discount rate, is the average of all the competitive bids in the auction.
It's a preset rate between 4 and 4.5 percent.
It's determined by the government's national debt rate.

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What is the maximum amount of Treasury bills that you can buy as a non-competitive bidder in a single auction?
5000
500000
5000000
If you have it to spare, you can purchase a maximum of $5 million in Treasury bills as a non-competitive bidder.

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What is the maximum interest an investor can receive from a competitive bid?
15 percent
35 percent
The maximum interest rate, also known as discount rate, one investor can receive in a competitive bid is 35 percent.
55 percent

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