Bonds are a Buy !

It’s important to keep things simple.

With all this palaver about interest rates, people want to hear what the action is.

How is one expressing their investing view about the topic?

Bond yields are so stretched, that on a monthly basis, they are ‘this’ Overbought for only the 4th time in 35 years (as expressed in the U.S. 5 year bond yield chart with those circles on it)

If you like fixed interest, then you may consider buying a Bond ETF which owns a spread of such bonds…..

because, inversely those bond prices are at extremely Oversold levels, as the Monthly chart below shows.

I have posted a chart of one of those U.S. traded bond ETF’s

This is the case across the 5, 10, 20 and 30 year maturities.

Disclaimer: not personal advice, do you own research or speak to a licensed professional.

September 27, 2022

by Rob Zdravevski

The Case for Higher Equities, a Stronger USD and Weaker Commodities

The US 10’s are yielding 1.33% and the Aussie 10’s are 1.20%.

That spread (difference) between the US 10 Government Bond Yield and the Australian 10 Year equivalent is currently 0.13%.

But the figure doesn’t really matter, it’s the direction of the trend which is of greater importance.

As we see today………a rising trend (and when coupled with a break above a trend line) portends greener pastures for equity prices.

Below you will find a ‘close-up’ of a Weekly chart, highlighting the current ‘break-out’, while the 40 year chart (on a Monthly basis) illustrates a rising trend (of the spread) equating to an advancing S&P 500 (SPX), while a decline trend results in a lower or sideways travel.

A rising trend in this interest rate differential tend to also equate to a stronger US Dollar, which in turn means a weaker AUD.

Which…..also correlates to weaker commodity prices.

This is an indicator worth watching for your macro and longer term positioning.

Who would think we’d see a stronger US Dollar?

Rising yields on U.S. Treasuries will prolong the advance in the Dollar.

And rising interest rates add to debt servicing stress which can lead to Sovereign Debt pressure (there is no use calling it a crisis, until it becomes one) at which point the U.S. Dollar remains the currency of ‘last resort’.

This can lead to more buying of the U.S. Dollar.

See how this scenario can develop?

August 11, 2021

by Rob Zdravevski

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