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

47 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2016

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Angelo Ranaldo

University of Basel - Faculty of Business and Economics; Swiss Finance Institute; University of St. Gallen

Enzo Rossi

Swiss National Bank; University of Zurich

Date Written: March 21, 2016


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.

Keywords: Government Bonds, Treasury Auctions, Uniform-price Auction

JEL Classification: D44, G12, G20

Suggested Citation

Ranaldo, Angelo and Rossi, Enzo, Uniform-Price Auctions for Swiss Government Bonds: Origin and Evolution (March 21, 2016). University of St.Gallen, School of Finance Research Paper No. 2016/09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2752407 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2752407

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Enzo Rossi

Swiss National Bank ( email )

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University of Zurich ( email )


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