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The Real Value of Negative Yielding Bonds

The Real Value of Negative Yielding Bonds

The below chart should help explain why the U.S. Treasury (and to an extent China and Korea) remain a popular place to park cash… There is no alternative (TINA).

When adjusted for inflation, the $13 trillion of negative yielding investment grade bonds becomes more than $25 trillion.

If, as expected, the Federal Reserve cuts rates at least twice this year, the value will likely top $30 trillion, meaning roughly half the world’s debt would yield less than inflation.


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