zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Feb 24, 2017
In his latest note this morning, DB’s Jim Reid admits that “I’ve no idea why Bunds are rallying so hard at the moment.” That said, he does attempt to provide some reasons noting that 10y yields (-4.7bps) hit 0.228% yesterday, down from their YTD peak of 0.495% intraday on the 26th of January. 2y yields also closed another -3.0bps lower yesterday at -0.932%. They traded as ‘high’ as -0.648% back on the same day.
The most obvious explanation is of course Euro systemic risk – especially from France and perhaps Italy. However other markets (equities, equity vol, the Euro, broader credit spreads etc) aren’t moving much to price in redenomination risk in Europe. A lack of high quality collateral has been cited as an explanation but it’s not clear there is much new info on this over recent days to explain the move. Perhaps it’s as simple as government bond investors are generally by nature ultra conservative and Bunds seemingly offer complete safety from redenomination risk.
Whatever the reason, the demand for German paper is nowhere more obvious than the “schatz”, the German 2 Year whose yield fell earlier in the week to what was then a record 0.92%, and has since continued to fall, earlier in the session sliding to a new all time low of -0.95%, down 15 bps on the week, before rebounding modestly as ravenous credit traders snapped up every German asset they can find amid rising political fears, and the avocementioned concerns about a collateral shortage.
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