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Uniform-price Auctions for Swiss Government Bonds: Origin and Evolution

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  • Ranaldo, Angelo

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  • Rossi, Enzo

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The Swiss Treasury has used the sealed-bid, uniform-price auction format for allocating government bonds since 1980. In this study, we examine the authorities’ motivation for choosing the uniform-price auction. In addition, we describe how the institutional set-up evolved over time. It includes bidding requirements, class of bidders, pre-auction information, the bidding process, the determination of the cut-off price and the release of post-auction information. Finally, we provide the details of each of the 356 auctions that were held until and including 2014.

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Paper provided by University of St. Gallen, School of Finance in its series Working Papers on Finance with number 1609.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2016
Handle: RePEc:usg:sfwpfi:2016:09
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