On-The-Run Treasuries

DEFINITION of 'On-The-Run Treasuries'

The most recently issued U.S. Treasury bond or note of a particular maturity. "On-the-run" Treasuries are the opposite of "off-the-run" Treasuries, which refer to Treasury securities that have been issued before the most recent issue and are still outstanding. Media mentions about Treasury yields and prices generally reference "on-the-run" Treasuries.

BREAKING DOWN 'On-The-Run Treasuries'

The on-the-run bond or note is the most frequently traded Treasury security of its maturity. Because on-the-run issues are the most liquid, they typically trade at a slight premium and therefore yield a little less than their off-the-run counterparts. Some traders successfully exploit this price differential through an arbitrage strategy that involves selling (or going short) on-the-run Treasuries and buying off-the-run Treasuries.

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