Pittsburgh, PA (March 30, 2004) — Woodbury County, Iowa solicited $401,000 in CDs using GFOA YieldAdvantage, a new Internet auction website offered by the Government Finance Officers Association. Traditionally, government entities and school districts solicit bids from banks via phone. Using the GFOA YieldAdvantagewebsite, state and local governments are able to solicit bids easily and efficiently from a larger number of banks via the Internet and to conduct an on-line auction in which these banks bid against each other for the deposit. The state or local government gets the benefit of a higher investment rate from the combination of increased competition and the auction format. Solicitation amounts range from $100,000 (or less in some instances) to millions of dollars. In Woodbury County, the Treasurer was interested in investing $401,000 and accepted bids for 1, 2, and 3 year CDs from the County’s 17 approved banks. After receiving bids on all 3 durations during the 30-minute auction, the County accepted the 2-year CD.
In December 2003, the GFOA entered into an alliance with Grant Street Group, a fixed income Internet auction house and parent of MuniAuction, to create the GFOA YieldAdvantage website (www.gfoayield.com).
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