Mario Draghi and Janet Yellen are creating an opportunity in the bond market that investors haven’t seen for a quarter century.
Draghi may make it even more attractive on Thursday. That’s when the European Central Bank meets and may give more details about the ECB president’s plan to fight deflation by buying government debt in the euro region. The purchases will start this month, Draghi said in January.
Federal Reserve Chair Yellen meanwhile is considering raising interest rates. The result is that U.S. 10-year notes yield about 2.11 percent, versus 0.37 percent for German. The last time the difference was this much was May 1989. The divergence is “a key issue” for the bond market, Mohamed El-Erian says.
“Europe is going to be anchored pretty strongly by the QE, plus a sluggish economy, plus low-flation or deflation,” El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz SE and Bloomberg View columnist, said on Wednesday in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “On The Move” with Jonathan Ferro. “The U.S. much less so. So that relationship is absolutely key.”
Nations from Canada and Russia to China and Singapore are seeking to support their economies and keep prices from falling through monetary policies.
Benchmark 10-year Treasury yields fell one basis point to 2.11 percent as of 8:19 p.m. in New York, according to Bloomberg Bond Trader data.