The bond market rout has brought the worst start to the year for fixed income investors in 6 years
Bond marketsare suffering the worst start to the year since 2015, as investors sell off their debt holdings.
- The Bloomberg Barclays Multiverse index has lost 1.9% since the end of 2020.
- Longer-term US Treasuries have lost more than 9% in total return terms.
Bond investors are witnessing the worst start to the year since 2015, as they sell off their debt on expectations that coronavirus vaccines will successfully aid recovery in the US economy, but lead to higher inflation, the Financial Times reported.
The Bloomberg Barclays Multiverse index, that tracks $70 trillion worth of debt, has dropped 1.9% in value, accounting for price changes and interest payments, since the end of 2020, the FT said.
If sustained at this level, it would mark the
Longer-term US Treasuries have lost more than 9% in total return terms, according to a Bloomberg Barclays index of US government
Bank of America said this week US yields have already reached its year-ahead target. "This is now realized, but it is over? The biggest risks to current trends include the long-term support levels nearby (yield resistance)," the bank said in a note on Monday.
Unless there is a sustained surge in inflation, rising bond yields will have a minor impact on stocks, said Richard Saperstein, chief investment officer at Treasury Partners. "Bond yields are rising right now because the market is pricing in the reopening of the economy for the post COVID-19 world and accelerating economic growth," he said. "Widening credit spreads will likely have a greater impact on P/E's than rising rates."
Saperstein expects an inflation spike from March to May, because of economic scarring and elevated levels of unemployment, but does not see a sustained risk in 2021. "My advice for investors is to keep their
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