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What the European Central Bank Is Planning for Asset Purchases
The ECB (European Central Bank) made no changes to its APP (asset purchase program) at its April meeting, maintaining that its purchase rate of 30 billion euros in debt securities per month will continue until the end of September 2018 or beyond if necessary.
Will the Euro Bulls Take a Breather This Week?
The EUR-USD (FXE) pair closed at a 0.21% fall against the US dollar (UUP) last week. Solid US jobs data on July 7, 2017.
How Central Bankers Are Rattling Bonds and Currencies
Since the FOMC minutes and the hawkish turn of events at the European Central Bank and the Bank of England, bond yields across the board have been trending higher.
Confused Markets: Inside the ECB’s Struggle amid Miscommunication
The ECB (European Central Bank) in its recent monetary policy meeting on June 8 left its main refinancing rate at 0% and the interest rate at 0.25%.
Why Bundesbank’s Weidmann Sees Political Pressures Ahead
At an event in Germany, Weidmann highlighted the risks of prolonged quantitative easing.
Did Markets Get Draghi’s Message Wrong?
On June 27, ECB President Draghi said that the ECB may have to change its policy to keep the central bank’s accommodative stance unchanged.
What’s Holding Back Foreign Investors from China?
Many leading bond index providers are still not including China’s onshore bonds in their benchmark indexes due to various regulatory and operational concerns.
How Fixed Income, Currency Markets Reacted to the French Election
European bonds (BWX) started showing signs of celebration late May 5 as opinion polls pointed toward an Emmanuel Macron win in the French presidential election.
Saudi Arabia Enters International Bond Market, Raises $17.5 Billion
On October 20, the government of Saudi Arabia raised about $17.5 billion in an international bond issuance, marking the emerging market’s first foray into the international bond market.
No Tapering, No Extension: ECB Avoids Future Talk on QE
ECB chief Mario Draghi had nothing to say about either tapering or extension of the bond buying program.
How Does a Strong Dollar Impact International Bonds?
When we talk about the relationship between the US dollar and bonds and how currency movements impact bonds, we’re essentially talking about international bonds.
Why All the Talk about Tapering in Europe?
It’s important to remember that the ECB (European Central Bank) hasn’t officially announced that it’s discussing tapering
Why Have European Bonds Been Jittery?
In this series, we’ll analyze why this talk of tapering has come about and discuss the implications for investors.
Why Has China’s Risk Ranking Fallen?
Movers and shakers…and losers The biggest movers in our latest quarterly update? China posted the biggest rankings decline, with a three-notch fall to the 32nd place. This was mostly a result of shuffles of its close neighbors in the index. China’s Financial Sector Health score slumped against a backdrop of rapid credit growth. Norway was […]
Why the UK Still Looks Attractive—Despite Brexit
The United Kingdom’s overall ranking held steady at 18th place, despite the country’s vote to leave the European Union (EU), and UK debt still appears relatively safe from a big picture perspective. The country did, however, suffer a hefty decline in its Willingness to Pay score, given uncertainties over the Brexit process, and its Fiscal […]
Diminishing Opportunities in Asia: What You Need to Know
The balance of countries in Asia present more interesting opportunities. To better focus our discussion, I’ll concentrate on investment grade markets.
Hunting for Yield: Looking beyond Japan
Japan is the largest accessible bond market in Asia (source: Barclays Multiverse Index as of 7/29/16), but the problem is the yields for many local bonds are negative.
Negative Rates Rules in Continental Europe
The lackluster economic growth and low inflation in Europe have forced the European Central Bank to unleash measures such as quantitative easing.
Risks you should know before investing in international bond funds
In this article, we’ll discuss some of the risks an investor must consider before investing in international bonds. Some of these risks are unique to this asset class.
Sovereign international bonds versus the US Treasuries: The returns
This part compares the performance of domestic bond funds investing in the U.S. Treasury securities with international bond funds, which invest in sovereign bonds issued by foreign governments.
Must-know variants in developed market international bond funds
International bond funds like the Vanguard Total International Bond Index ETF (BNDX) can have various investment styles determined by their stated choice of bond investments.