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Bond Report: Global bonds sell off as central banks signal end to easy-money era

A global bond selloff continued on Thursday, heaping pain on bondholders and driving some yields to their highest levels in more than a month, as investors digested messages from central banks this week on rolling back easy-money policies.

The U.S. followed the lead of rising yields elsewhere, although the moves for the Treasury market were lagging behind their international counterpart. With global markets so interconnected, higher yields outside of the U.S could prompt foreign buyers to rebalance their portfolios in favor of far-flung bond markets, if only to avoid overexposure to U.S. government paper.

The yield for the benchmark 10-year Treasury note TMUBMUSD10Y, +1.78% jumped 14 basis points in the last three days, putting this week on track for the largest weekly gain in almost four months.

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