Skip to comments.'Bond vigilantes' are saddled up and ready to push rates higher, says economist who coined the term
Posted on 02/09/2018 3:07:38 PM PST by NRx
There's reason to be concerned about bond vigilantes, who are no longer under "lock and key" and are free to push yields higher, Wall Street veteran Ed Yardeni told CNBC on Friday.
Yardeni, a market historian, coined the term bond vigilantes in the 1980s to refer to investors who sell their holdings in an effort to enforce fiscal discipline. Having fewer buyers drives prices down and drives yields up in the fixed-income market. That, in turn, makes it more expensive for the government to borrow and spend.
"They had been sort of put under lock and key by the central banks. The Fed had lowered interest rates down to zero in terms of short-term rates and that pushed bond yields down. And then they bought up a lot of these bond yields," said Yardeni, president of Yardeni Research.
Now the Fed is slowly raising interest rates and starting to unwind its balance sheet. On top of that, new tax cuts were passed and a massive spending deal was just signed into law.
"Now people are looking more at the domestic situation and saying, 'You know what, maybe we need a higher bond yield,'" Yardeni said in an interview with "Power Lunch."
"They've saddled up, and they're riding high. The posse is getting ready. They're getting the message out."
Bond vigilantes last made their mark during the Clinton administration, when a bond market sell-off forced President Bill Clinton to tone down his spending agenda.
Yardeni said while Clinton got the message back then, he doesn't think the Trump administration has this time around.
On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a massive budget plan into law that provides a $300 billion spending boost on military and domestic programs.
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That’s right. Interest rates are still near historic lows, though. The 3.16% yield on a 30-year U.S. Treasury bond seems like a huge risk unless you’re a foreign investor looking for currency protection and not just yield.
Artificially low rates are nothing more than a tax on savers, and a gift to the banks.
Luke Gromen, FFTT, does excellent analysis on this.
Listen to all 5 parts. Snider of Alhambra is the brains of the outfit.
Yusko is best known for betting with/against Warren Buffet.
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