In North America, US stocks closed lower on November 28 amid the pull back. The utilities and telecom sectors were the biggest outperformers.
The US Dollar Index fell in the early hours on November 28. The stronger economic data improved the chances of an interest rate hike in December.
Treasury yields witnessed a secular rise in October. Except for yield on the one-month Treasury bill, which remained flat month-over-month, all other tenors saw a visible rise in yields.
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US equity markets were marginally higher on October 12, the day of the release of the minutes for the September monetary policy meeting.
In the current market environment, duration risk has risen across bond markets (BND) (LQD). When interest rates rise, bonds with a higher duration will likely be affected more.
All countries have suffered from yield increases, and monetary policy is turning less accommodative, even in Japan and the European Union.
The ten-year Treasury note, which rose in price in the first half of 2016 and pushed the yield down to 1.4%, has started selling off in the second half of the year.
Investors have once again flocked to bonds, the Japanese yen, and gold due to the 10.0% fall in China’s exports and concerns over a major rejig by the central banks.
The colossal central bank stimulus at below-zero rates and quantitative easing have wreaked havoc on the correlation dynamics between stock and bond prices.
High-yield bonds gained popularity due to higher yields compared to Treasury bonds, whose yields were being pushed down by the Fed’s interest rate policy.
The demand for US investment-grade corporate bonds was driven by higher yields generated by bonds in the midst of low interest rates.
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Emerging market economies have seen improved GDP growth in 2016, while developed markets are struggling to grow.