Sunday, 1 November 2009

Safety is at the short end of the yield curve

The following extract from a fascinating and relevant article at Zerohedge.com reveals a duration mismatch problem for the US government

One would expect that as the financial situation improved, and credit was unlocked, that investors would abandon the safety of low-yielding Bills and pursue risk. Ironically, not only has this not happened, but in the 12 months since October 2008, over half a trillion more, $560 billion to be exact, has been parked in T-Bills. Looking at the entire treasury curve, over 40% of the $7 trillion in marketable treasury securities, matures within one year, a dramatic increase from the roughly 30% a year prior.

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