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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Record Rate

The 10-year Treasury yield accelerated to a record low of 1.45% after plunging through the prior 1.7% low like a hot knife through butter [Figure 1]. For most of the month of May, the 10-year Treasury yield hovered between 1.7% and 1.8%, the low end of a nine-month range, before powering lower. The last time yields were near this low was immediately following World War II…

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Record Rate

Beige Book: Window on Main Street

This Wednesday, June 6, the Federal Reserve will release its Beige Book — one of our favorite economic reports. The Beige Book compiles qualitative observations made by community bankers and business owners about economic…

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Beige Book: Window on Main Street

Gold: It’s Back

As investors sought a safe haven from falling markets last week, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note (which moves in the opposite direction of the price) hit a record low going back to the 1950s, as it fell to 1.45% [Figure 1]. Fortunately for investors, as Treasuries became the most expensive they have ever been, another safe haven emerged last week that had been lost to investors seeking safety in recent years: precious metals…

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Gold: It’s Back

The Global Yield Limbo

Treasury yields were little changed last week hovering near record lows, but that did not stop a number of key benchmark government bond yields from reaching record lows. Ten-year government bond yields in Germany, England, Japan, France, Holland, Canada, and Austria all reached respective record lows last week [Figure 1]. Ten-year government yields in New Zealand and Switzerland hit record lows in the prior week. Bond investors are confronted with a lower bar to dance under.…

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The Global Yield Limbo