Things That Make You Go HMMM

A Walk Around The Fringes Of Finance

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Last week US, German, UK and even Japanese 10-year bond yields made new all-time lows (and when I say ‘all-time’ I’m talking about multiple centuries here).

It’s almost quaint now to look back at the panic of 2008 and the subsequent spike in yields due to fears of the potential inflation that money printing would unleash.

Luckily, we had Japan to guide us.

The action in the government bond markets is no longer frontrunning or a (laughable) ‘reach for yield’. It is the manifestation of widespread fear that a deflationary collapse will overwhelm the combined might of the world’s central banks.

Paradoxically, the mad rush into sovereign bonds is an increasingly more desperate bet that governments and central banks will fail... Read more