US TSYS: (2 of 2) Karl Haeling, VP at LBBW in NY, continues: "At the same time, there are growing signs that while the U.S. economy should keep growing and could even strengthen somewhat, a major acceleration is unlikely. There is growing concern that higher prices are becoming a big barrier to affordable housing to new buyers. If true, this could prevent the housing market from adding any positive momentum to the economy this year. Spending on automobiles and other consumer goods appears to be recovering from the weather-related problems of this winter. But housing not. Investors also seem to be paying greater attention to the negative economic impact of heavy new regulations and massive fines on the banking sector. While the Fed keeps trying to boost the economy through super-easy monetary policy, regulators have their foots firmly on the brakes"
US TSYS: (1 of 2) Karl Haeling, VP at LBBW in NY, writes in a note to clients on Treasuries: "Even as the S&P 500 has recovered most of the losses it made in the first half of April, Treasuries have held relatively steady. In addition to the global disinflation pressures, there are a few different reasons for this. One appears to be that U.S. banks have increased their purchases of Treasuries. Given that mortgages backed by Freddie Mac (FMCC) and Fannie Mae (FNMA) could lose their zero-percent risk weighting, banks are believed to be shifting in to Treasuries more actively. In addition, pension funds seem to continue to re-allocate investments out of equities into longer-dated bonds. This started in January after strong equity gains last year rescued many pension funds from under-funded positions, and they are moving back in to bonds to lock in the improvements."
AUSSIE BONDS: Next week's AOFM issuance, in more detail: TREASURY INDEXED BONDS: On Tuesday, 29 April 2014 a tender for the issue of A$500 million of a new 1% 21 November 2018 Treasury Indexed Bond line is planned to be held. it is the largest non-syndicated Linker tender on record. TREASURY BONDS: On Wednesday, 30 April 2014 a tender for the issue of A$700 million of the 3.25% 21 April 2025 Bond line is planned to be held. The Apr '25 has been tendered 8 times since it's syndication on May 22nd, 2013, with an average cover of 3.114 times. It was last tendered on march 26th this year with a poor cover of 2.727 times at 4.2036% (last traded today at 4.048%). It is a basket bond for the Jun and Sep 10yr futures. On Friday, 2 May 2014 a tender for the issue of A$700 million of the 5.25% 15 March 2019 Bond line is planned to be held. The Mar '19 has been tendered a total of 33 times since inception in Jan '06, with an average cover of 3.193 times. It was last tendered in Feb this year, with a solid 3.944 times cover at 3.4661% (last traded today at 3.306%). Next week at the AOFM tender announcement on Friday, we also see details for the first T-note tender since November last year, to be held Thursday 8th of May.
In general the bond market is volatile, and fixed income securities carry interest rate risk. (As interest rates rise, bond prices usually fall, and vice versa. This effect is usually more pronounced for longer-term securities.) Fixed income securities also carry inflation risk and credit and default risks for both issuers and counterparties. Unlike individual bonds, most bond funds do not have a maturity date, so avoiding losses caused by price volatility by holding them until maturity is not possible.
Lower-quality debt securities generally offer higher yields, but also involve greater risk of default or price changes due to potential changes in the credit quality of the issuer. Any fixed income security sold or redeemed prior to maturity may be subject to loss
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