Comments on: The Treasury-bubble meme http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/08/18/the-treasury-bubble-meme/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: DetroitDan http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/08/18/the-treasury-bubble-meme/comment-page-1/#comment-17484 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 21:16:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=5009#comment-17484 This article by Siegel and Schwartz (which I have not read and don’t intend to) will go down as a classic of stupidity along with “Dow 36,000″, published in 2000, and Nassim Taleb’s: “Every Single Human Being Should Short Treasuries”, from February 2010. Honorable mention to Ben Stein for guaranteeing that the U.S. wasn’t in recession in June 2008 when we were, in fact, in a recession (though it yet hadn’t been officially declared). Then of course, we shouldn’t overlook the catch phrases “Goldilocks economy”, “soft landing”, and the various problems that were described as being “contained”. And those “green shoots” are beginning to wither…

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By: BigBadBank http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/08/18/the-treasury-bubble-meme/comment-page-1/#comment-17473 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 18:13:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=5009#comment-17473 If there is a bubble it’s not about yields it’s about prices. But I don’t think there is a bubble – buying treasuries is a psychological thing imho. Money needs to turn inward and take stock of where it is and where it is going, and US bonds are a quiet place to sit and have a think.

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By: 123456951 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/08/18/the-treasury-bubble-meme/comment-page-1/#comment-17470 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 17:35:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=5009#comment-17470 What if inflation takes off in the future? Will the federal government be able to afford higher interest rate payments? The only way it would be able to afford higher payments is by printing more money, which would only make things worse. The United States is walking a tricky and possibly dangerous path. Our trade deficit can also not go on forever.

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By: takloo http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/08/18/the-treasury-bubble-meme/comment-page-1/#comment-17467 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 16:39:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=5009#comment-17467 “And with Treasury bonds, no matter how much they cost, you’re always guaranteed to get back more money than you paid for them — all you need to do is hold them to maturity.”

Wouldn’t you lose money if yields turn negative even if you held to maturity?

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By: MTinker1 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/08/18/the-treasury-bubble-meme/comment-page-1/#comment-17463 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:47:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=5009#comment-17463 The parallel with the dot com era is not in bad companies, but in rules based systems that force otherwise sensible investors to do foolish things. Risk managers forced benchmarked investors to put 15% of the fund in a single stock like vodafone “to reduce risk” regardless of valuations. In the same vein asset allocators are being told to sell equities and buy bonds to reduce “risk”. In both cases the rules create a forced buyer and the momentum players come in. Throw in leverage and you have a bubble. Over the last 3 years the total return index on 7-10 year treasuries has risen 35%, the capital gain has far outweighted the yield. Sure the forced buyer won’t suddenly become a distressed seller, but the maarginal trader chasing the capital gain will, and we know for sure the macro hedge funds are playing there as well as the banks, all using a lot of leverage because obviously this is a “safe” area! A 10% capital fall on leverage turns into a rout

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By: murfster http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/08/18/the-treasury-bubble-meme/comment-page-1/#comment-17461 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:40:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=5009#comment-17461 Maybe people should just work instead of looking to live off of “returns”.

Seriously, you know how retarded most of this sounds? 100 years ago most people supported their kids, and when they got old they lived with their children and helped out with their grandkids. Furthermore, you don’t have to go that far back in history for the whole idea of lending money at interest to have been a crime, they called it Usury (spelling?).

Frankly, I think this whole financial based economy and society based off of financial products is complete and total faggotry.

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By: Eric93 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/08/18/the-treasury-bubble-meme/comment-page-1/#comment-17459 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:26:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=5009#comment-17459 Wrong! Treasury yields are not low now because the economy is bad, they are low because the Fed makes them so as a result of its ‘belief system’. The Fed set them low so that they could bail out the big banks using more of the taxpayers money – ie the vanks borrow low (at 0.0%) and loan out high (at 4% ) and make a profit and pay themselves outrageous ‘bonuses’ on our nickel. And by keeping rates low they keep the economy stagnant and dying just as what happened in Japan. Only when those who lend money get a fair return and those who need to borrow money can get it at a fair rate do the wheels of the economy turn smoothly. This usually happens at a nominal rate of around 4 to 6%. The current scenario is ripping off the ‘lenders’ , many of whom are retirees. Over the past few years the average interest rate on all the national debt has dropped from around 4.5% to 2.0%. The amount held by Americans is araound $5T, which results in a loss (or ‘destimulation’) to the economy of around $125B. Thanks loads Benji…

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By: tinbox http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/08/18/the-treasury-bubble-meme/comment-page-1/#comment-17458 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:24:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=5009#comment-17458 You’re sympathetic to the idea, but not the argument?

First, it’s not an argument, it’s a sales pitch for a fund management company. Second, as a pitch, their purpose is to highlight the benefits of stocks and the risks of alternatives–not to construct a financial model for an academic course. Lastly, do you think they are basically right or wrong?

Is 2.6% on 10 year US Treasuries a good investment? Does the price reflect actions of non-economic actors like Central Banks as well as leveraged purchases from TBTF financial institutions or is it a good deal?

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By: ckbryant http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/08/18/the-treasury-bubble-meme/comment-page-1/#comment-17456 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:04:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=5009#comment-17456 “If history is any indication, small-time investors will stay in bonds (with exceedingly low real returns) until the stock market has a solid year-long rally under its belt.”

I suppose they may–performance-chasers are my friends, and I shouldn’t say mean things about them. I don’t claim to be a master of the universe, but with a healthy bond allocation and regular rebalancing, I sold stocks to buy bonds in 2008, sold bonds to buy stocks in 2009, and sold stocks again to buy bonds this year. You can look in the rear-view mirror and work out better strategies, of course (sell all your stocks in 2000 and put the money in gold), but you can do a heck of a lot worse.

In my view, both debt and equity are vital to a healthy portfolio.

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By: TFF http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/08/18/the-treasury-bubble-meme/comment-page-1/#comment-17437 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 01:32:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=5009#comment-17437 At a 4% real return, compounded over 20 years, $10,000 would grow to $21,911. At a 1% real return, it grows to just $12,202.

If history is any indication, small-time investors will stay in bonds (with exceedingly low real returns) until the stock market has a solid year-long rally under its belt. They’ll then edge their way back into stocks, finishing the job just in time to get nailed by the next collapse.

Investment flows from one asset class to another are a large part of what drives valuations.

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