Today's POMO closed with the Fed monetizing its usual fare of $6.69 billion in various 3 Year bonds, at a 5.81 Submitted-Accepted ratio. The surge in the S/A ratio is not surprising: a quick look at the internals shows just what the reason for the Primary Dealers' urgency was. Of the entire POMO, one CUSIP: the just auctioned off QH6 3 Year which was sold by the Treasury not even 2 weeks ago represented a whopping 81.1% of the operation. Observant readers will recall that this was the Cusip that was massively monetized ten days ago, when $5.3 billion of QH6 was purchased by the Fed. In other words, in under two weeks, the Primary Dealers have flipped over 50% of their original take down of the auction, or $19,890,840,000! In other words, had the Primary Dealers indicated their true interest in the bond, not accounting for expectations of an immediate flip back to the Fed, the auction would have been a failure. In this way, the Fed has now monetized 33.5% of the 3 Year that was sold to the unwitting public and foreign banks. Luckily, there is a 35% SOMA limit on Treasury holdings. Oh wait, that was scrapped as part of QE2.
Today's POMO summary: note the highlighted QH6 monetization.
And compare it to that from the last 3 Year POMO as of February 18: