Soaring U.S. Revenue May Lead to Drop in Bond Sales

Wall Street’s biggest bond dealers are starting to forecast that the U.S. Treasury will reduce the size of its debt auctions in coming months.

Wall Street’s biggest bond dealers are starting to forecast that the U.S. Treasury will reduce the size of its debt auctions in coming months, for the first time in three years, as government revenue soars.

With the Congressional Budget Office estimating a 2013 budget deficit of $845 billion, the smallest since 2008, eight of the 21 primary dealers who trade with the Fed say Treasury may cut the amount of notes it offers that are due in five years or less as soon as July. The government hasn’t trimmed coupon auctions since 2010, a year after the economy began expanding from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

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Eleven firms forecast no cuts in issuance this year, and Daiwa Securities Group Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. didn’t make projections (see table below).

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