Category Archives: Bonds

Global Bond Market Performance

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Greece: gift horse – FT

The Greek 10-year sovereign closed at 5.89 percent,  the lowest since the crisis began. Greece plans to sell its first long-term bond since its bailout in 2010. Lex’s Robert Armstrong and Joseph Cotterill discuss whether it is worth paying up … Continue reading

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Year in Review

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Global Bond Performance

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Global Bond Market Performance

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The 2013 Global Interest Rate Spike

Nice chart illustrating the year-to-date increase in global interest rates (10-year local currency government bond yields) .  Not surprising the emerging markets lead the global rate spike.  Also note, Italy, Spain and Greece are more credit instruments rather than sovereign … Continue reading

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Who Owns the U.S. Treasury Market?

The 10-year Treasury bond yield traded at 2.03 percent today a level not seen since April 2012. We thought it’s a good time to revisit who are the major holders of U.S. Treasury securities.   Some of the data are … Continue reading

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Eurozone Watch Year in Review

The Eurozone crisis transitioned from acute to chronic in 2012.  Financial stabilization finally came after the year’s most influential words were uttered by the ECB chief, Mario Draghi, in July, “Within our mandate, the ECB is ready to do whatever … Continue reading

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Chart of the Day: Operation Twisted Yield Curve

Interesting chart from Bloomberg on how the Fed’s treasury holdings have changed under operation twist, or more formally, the Maturity Extension Program and Reinvestment Policy. After the end of the month no more selling of the short end to buy … Continue reading

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Portugal’s Bond Swap

Interesting swap.  Note Portugal’s 10-year sovereign spread relative to the German bund has come in 423 bps this year.  The 10-year government bond now yields under 9 percent. (click here if video and chart are not observable)

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