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Violent Bond Selloff: An Eye-Opening Perspective

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Posted by Bob Stokes - Elliott Wave International

on Friday, 09 December 2016 07:59

In Elliott wave terms, bond investors have transitioned from extreme optimism to extreme pessimism

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[Ed Note: The text version of the story is below.]

What a rout in the bond market in November (Bloomberg, Dec. 1):

Global Bonds Suffer Worst Monthly Meltdown as $1.7 Trillion Lost

The price of U.S. Treasuries nosedived as 10-year yields – a.k.a., interest rates, which move inversely to bond prices -- saw their steepest climb since November 2009.

Bloomberg (Dec. 1) provides another perspective:

The 30-year-old bull market in bonds looks to be ending with a bang. The Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Total Return Index lost 4 percent in November, the deepest slump since the gauge’s inception in 1990. Treasuries extended declines Dec. 1.

Elliott Wave International subscribers were prepared well ahead of time.

On June 17, well before the rout, The Elliott Wave Theorist showed this chart and said:



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Strategy for a long bond top

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Posted by Futures - Stock Commodity Options & Forex Strategy

on Thursday, 08 December 2016 12:39

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What to do if/when interest rates start rising? Buy an out-of-the- money put butterfly.

In 2008, the U.S. economy hit its roughest patch since the Great Depression nearly eighty years earlier. Only the inflationary spiral of the late 1970s followed by the sharp recession of the early 1980s can compete with it. In reaction to that inflation, the Federal Reserve, led by then newly appointed chairman Paul Volcker, raised the Fed Funds rate as high as 20% in March of 1980 and January of 1981. The Fed Funds Rate is the rate that depository institutions lend out to other depository institutions overnight, with funds that are maintained at the Fed. The higher the rate charged by the Fed the more painful it is to borrow. During inflationary times, when the rate is raised money turns over more slowly and inflation then cools off, or so goes the plan. 

...read more HERE

 

....related: Look what’s happening to Treasuries: Most Oversold in 43 Years

 



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The Variable-Rate World Stares Into The Abyss – Again

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Posted by John Rubino - DollarCollapse.com

on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 08:09

T5Bou 4OBack in 2013 interest rates in the US and elsewhere started to rise, and the results were scary to put it mildly. Here’s an excerpt from a column that appeared here in July of that year: 

Interest rates soared again last week. This weekend a lot of people are running a lot of numbers and getting some terrifying results.

It seems that the past few years of falling interest rates have lulled a big part of the global economy into financing with variable-rate debt. So when interest rates go up, there’s a world-wide reset in interest costs that, best case, amounts to a tax increase on individuals and businesses and, worst-case, threatens to blow up the whole system.

The most familiar but least worrisome part of this story is the adjustable rate mortgage, or ARM, which is basically a teaser-rate home loan that rises over time towards the prevailing 30-year fixed rate. The latter rate jumped from 3.5% to 4.5% in just the past month, which means ARM resets are now aiming at a higher target. For ARM holders, the resulting higher monthly mortgage payment is exactly like a pay cut or tax increase, leaving less around at the end of the month for new cars, vacations, etc. So discretionary spending drops and, other things being equal, the economy slows down. 



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The Liquidity Crisis Coming To A Market Near You

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Posted by Mad Hedge Fund Trader

on Friday, 02 December 2016 10:46

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I had the great pleasure of having breakfast the other morning with my long time friend, Mohamed El-Erian, former co-CEO of the bond giant, PIMCO.

Mohamed argues that there has been a major loss of liquidity in the financial markets in recent decades that will eventually come home to haunt us all.

The result will be a structural increase in market volatility, and wild gyrations in the prices of financial assets that will become commonplace.

We have already seen a few of these in recent weeks. German ten-year bund yields jumped from 0.01% to 0.20% in a mere two weeks, a gap once thought unimaginable. The Euro has popped from $1.08 to $1.03.

Since July, we have watched in awe as the ten-year Treasury yield ratcheted up from 1.23% to 2.40%.

The worst is yet to come.

It is a problem that has been evolving for years.

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Look what’s happening to Treasuries: Most Oversold in 43 Years

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Posted by Mike Larsen - Money and Markets

on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 07:40

I hate bonds as much as the next guy. I’ve been telling investors to stay the heck away from them for a long time. But man, this selloff in the government debt market is getting nuts. Treasuries are now the most oversold they’ve been in the 43-year history of a benchmark bond index tracked by Bloomberg, according to this story. Makes you wonder if a reversal isn’t coming, and soon. Check out the chart below …

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....related from Larry Edelson: Biggest loss in 26 years …



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