Risk aversion trade support bonds

British gilts – Gilt prices are challenging the weekly peak set on Wednesday before the Bank of England released the set of May minutes that caused yields to spike. Friday’s 10-year yield gain has reversed such losses and declined to 3.35% causing its spread to treasuries to narrow from 27 basis points last week to 16 basis points. Should risk aversion continue that spread could compress further towards 10 pips.

Australian bills – The Australian cash market still has 30 basis points of further monetary inbuilt over the next 12 months although dealers continue to chip away at expectations over what the RBA might deliver. Implied yields closed the day virtually unchanged on a data-free session although government bonds made a healthy advance sending the 10-year yield lower by three pips to 5.31%.

Japanese bonds – Japanese government bond buyers hit back hard following a bearish session on Thursday and drove yields down by the most in two weeks to close at 1.12%. A story in the Yomiuri newspaper suggests that the government will double the rate of sales tax to 10% by 2015 although had no firm source to quote. Such a possibility would reduce reliance on bond issuance and was taken as a fundamental positive on the day as yields remain near 2011 lows.

Andrew Wilkinson

Senior Market Analyst


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Andrew Wilkinson

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