Bond yields are lower than during the financial crisis

Mar 9, 2020
But that may not be signaling that the economic damage from the coronavirus will be as bad as the Great Recession.
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday.
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10-year Treasury yields, at record lows, are still above zero. Not after inflation, though.

Mar 6, 2020
When you factor inflation, investors are actually losing money by lending to the U.S. government.
Real yields on bonds fell to about negative half a percent on Friday. Above, the floor of the NYSE after the closing bell March 6, 2020.
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Investors seek safe havens as markets, bond yields fall

Mar 4, 2020
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury dipped below 1% Tuesday.
With yields this low, you’d think investors would be running away from bonds. But not everyone is.
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Bond yields hit a record low

Feb 28, 2020
Why are investors settling for such small returns? U.S. Treasurys are about the safest place to put your money.
A trader reacts during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Friday as markets continue to drop from COVID-19 uncertainty.
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Treasury yields invert, warning of possible recession

Aug 14, 2019
It's a market phenomenon that shows investors want more for short-term government bonds than they do for long-term bonds.
Traders and financial professionals work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at the opening bell on August 13, 2019 in New York City.
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Is the yield curve talking to us?

Jun 28, 2018
A lot of attention is being paid right now to what’s known as the yield curve. And if you don’t know what that is, it’s essentially the difference between interest rates on short-term and long-term government bonds. In a growing economy, you typically see higher rates on the 10-year Treasury note than you do on […]

Italy gridlock shakes up global markets

May 29, 2018
New worries about the euro sent the currency to its lowest level against the dollar in nearly a year.
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on May 29, 2018 in New York City. 
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What will rising bond yields mean if the economy keeps heating up?

Feb 13, 2018
The Fed is expected to raise interest rates multiple times this year, which could affect interest rates and yields in the broader bond market. Today a top bond trader at Goldman Sachs forecast the yield on the 10-year Treasury will rise to as high as 3.5 percent by the summer. We haven’t been in a […]

Here’s why bond yields are rising

Feb 6, 2018
When investors pull their money out of stocks and need some place to put it, they often turn to the bond market. U.S. Treasuries are considered essentially risk-free. So investors can park their cash, earn some interest and know their money will be kept safe and sound. As investors moved money from stocks to bonds […]

Here’s why bond yields are rising

Jan 9, 2018
When you buy 10-year Treasury bonds, you are essentially making a 10-year loan to the government. The returns on those loans are rising every day. There are a couple of reasons for that — and there are a couple of economic messages there as well.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story.