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Most recent online auction invests $87 million into state

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State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced the results of his most recent Invest in Iowa online auction. Over $87 million will be deposited in 34 financial institutions across the state as a result of the April 9 auction. The state will receive an average rate of return of 2.51% on these six month certificates of deposit. “We continue to see significant interest in this program,” Fitzgerald said. “Every auction stands as a testament to how well this program supports local communities across the state.”

Fitzgerald created the Invest in Iowa program in 1983 as a way to deposit state funds in Iowa financial institutions. The treasurer’s office uses an auction format offering state deposits to Iowa financial institutions six times a year, which allows the state to earn a competitive return on the funds while ensuring local institutions have the money they need to keep the economy moving. The financial institutions hold the funds as CDs and use the money to make loans.

“The demand for funds has been great this year,” stated Fitzgerald. “We currently have over $336 million invested in Iowa financial institutions and over the past sixteen years we have earned $40 million in interest for the state.”

Invest in Iowa quarterly auctions are held on the second Tuesday of January, April, July and October. In response to growing interest in this program, two auctions offering one-year term CDs are also held throughout the year. The next auction is scheduled for July 9 at 10 a.m. and will offer six-month term CDs. Each auction has an established minimum interest rate and a minimum bid. To learn more about the Invest in Iowa program, visit IowaTreasurer.gov, select “Invest in Iowa” under the “For Businesses” tab or contact the treasurer’s office at 515-281-5368.