Your cash value can vary from $0.01 to $99.99 depending on the current price of T-bills. T-bills are purchased for a discount (less than $100) and pay out their par value ($100) at maturity - this difference is your interest. If there is not enough cash available to purchase another T-bill, it will remain as cash and will not earn interest. For instance, let’s say the Treasury Department issues a T-bill with a face value of $100, a maturity of 12 months, and yield-to-maturity of 4.6%. The purchase price of this T-bill would be $95.40 based on those figures. If you deposit $100, you would purchase 1 Treasury bill for a total of $95.40. The $4.60 would remain as cash in the account until another deposit or interest generates enough cash to purchase another Treasury bill.
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