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Bond markets and legal aspects of bonds. For government debt use the tag "government debt" unless the fact the the debt is in the form of bonds has significance.

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Why would governments sell bonds when the economy is in recovery? [closed]

China confident of meeting 2020 fiscal targets, CGTN, 7 August 2020. The article states that China is selling "special government bonds". Why do this? Especially when economy is just ...
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Is Mortgage-backed security something investors can buy? [migrated]

Is Mortgage-backed security something the investors can buy? If yes then what makes MBS a bad investment?
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How does buying bonds reduce bond yield?

I read that Japan rapidly increased the printing of Yen and used the money to buy government bonds. How did this action reduce the yields of their government bonds and prevent them from having a debt ...
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Does bond yield always equal the prevailing bank interest rates?

Does a bond's yield (principal and coupon rate) always equal the bank interest rate?
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Why did the US credit rating downgrade in 2011 decrease US government bond yields?

I'm not sure how bond yields were decreased by the US credit rating downgrade in 2011. Since the credit rating is down, shouldn't the yields increase since the US government wants to attract more ...
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Was there a drop in liquidity in the corporate bond market during the Global Financial Crisis?

It is often said that the increase in the perceived default risk led to a fall in the demand for the corporate bonds. This led to the fall in their prices and hence, their interest rates rose ...
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Why are the YTMs of TIPS of longer maturities more sensitive to current interest rates and inflation rates?

According to this website, the yields of TIPS of longer maturities are greater than that of TIPS of shorter maturities. It seems counterintuitive since yields of longer-maturity bonds, which are based ...
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Even at the break-even inflation rate, isn't the YTM of a TIPS greater than that of a normal treasury bond?

At a the break-even rate of inflation, the semi-annual interest payments from a TIPS and a normal government bond would be roughly equivalent. However, the principal amount originally invested in the ...
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How does the Fed's stimulus push stocks markets higher?

I read that the Fed’s stimulus last March has contributed to a spectacular rally in stock markets. And indeed S&P500 has increased a lot since March. But how does the mechanism work? How does the ...
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Does China issue treasury bonds too?

The USA is issuing a lot of treasury bonds and investors are buying it. But does China issue such bonds too? If yes, then how many such bonds did they issued and who are the largest owners of those ...
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Are coupons all semi-annual?

How do coupons get priced in together?
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How do you benefit from a fall in interest rates in general as a creditor of public bonds?

I’m reading about England debt in 1819 and how interest rate benefited its creditors. The country had a public debt of more than 250% of the GDP. With peace at last achieved, London is faced with a ...
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How could Euro bonds serve as a “safe haven” asset in the long run?

The German Bund has been the major safe-haven asset in the Eurozone despite the advent of the Euro. However, I noticed that there is mounting anticipation around a potential 750 billion worth of Euro ...
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Are quantitative easing and helicopter cash really different tactics? And how does QE relate to Modern Monetary Theory?

I've been trying to get a clear understanding of exactly what economists mean by Quantitative Easing (QE). It seems to me that different people mean different things by it. I find simplistic analogies ...
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Bondholder vs purchaser of bond

Kindly clarify if the term bondholder refers to the bond issuing authority or the person who purchases the bond. Context: if there's inflation in the economy, bondholder will lose and the person who ...
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Is the money market model based on assumption of no interest rate targeting on the part of the central bank?

This is quote from Gregory Mankiw's macroeconomics text about mechanism of formation of the interest rate in the money market model: How does the interest rate get to this equilibrium of money supply ...
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Is there inverse relationship betweet prices of interest-bearing assets and the interest rate?

I was wondering about why investors converting out of interest-bearing assets into money in the money market cause the interest rate to increase. Then I remembered that there is inverse relationship ...
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Are government bonds internal or external debt?

I was watching this video and since it's a bit oversimplified I wanted more information. I was curious because internal debt is in the local currency from local lenders, while external debt is in a ...
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Nelson-Siegel-Svensson method

I am a college student and I have recently learned about Nelson-Siegel-Svensson method which is used by the German Federal Bank to determine the yield curve. I have to generate yield curves of ...
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What does the Fed do with their profits?

As far as I understand the system the Fed prints money which it then uses to buy bonds. Bonds are basically statements of debt meaning that the Fed receives interest from the parties it has bought the ...
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Why does the Fed feel the need to reduce its balance sheet? [closed]

Why does the Fed feel the need to reduce its balance sheet? What is the problem with the Fed having a large balance sheet long term? What would happen if the value on the Fed's balance sheet ...
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Real yields and growth [closed]

Found the following very interesting statement on bond prices, "The yield on a risk-free government bond should equal the growth in nominal GDP since that represents the opportunity cost of holding a ...
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What determined the “cost of borrowing money” or the interest rate in a gold-based economy

In the modern economy, the central bank decides the cost of borrowing money using interest rates along with other several tools and technic. But I was wondering, in a gold-based economy (not the gold ...
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In credit easing, how do central banks avoid allegations of unequal treatment?

In credit easing, central banks purchase private assets such as corporate bonds. How do central banks choose which corporate bonds to buy? If the central bank buys bonds of one company but not those ...
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Why does US Treasury Bond Futures Chart show two separate curves?

I was surprised to see following on Yahoo Finance. Why did the chart branch into the green and orange functions? Does the chart show 2 separate prices on the chart?
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What is the effect on GDP when foreigners buy lots of domestic bonds?

I am trying to figure out the effect on GDP of foreigners buying lots of domestic bonds. From what I understand, when foreigners buy lots of domestic bonds: They need to convert their foreign ...
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When the federal reserve buys bonds or other assets from banks, do the banks make a profit?

My understanding is that the federal reserve is injecting money in the market by buying bonds and debt from banks. Do the banks make a profit on the sale of their bonds or corporate debt to the feds?...
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Why do people buy negative interest rate bonds?

I get that people buy long term government bonds, because of how safe it is, and if there would be a recession the government would just print more money and could pay it back. But why would anyone ...
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What estimation method is best to conduct event study on non standard monetary policy?

I have collected bond yield data from 01/01/2008:31/12/2019 for several euro-zone countries. I would like to conduct an event study analysis of the main Non standard measures announced by central ...
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Where can I find charts with the amount of treasuries in existence?

Is there a place where I can see a chart with the amount of treasuries in existence organized by treasury type? Ideally it would be a resource that has multiple charts (for bills, notes, bonds etc...)...
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Do states compete with each other when they emit debt?

Let's say that, for some reason (a crisis or similar), many first-world countries' states need to emit public debt to be able to pay the services the normally provide (pensions, health etc.). As I ...
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Why is the Australian Government financing the stimulus via debt rather than the RBA?

The Australian Government is engaging in quantitative easing for the first time. The RBA is creating money that is being used to buy bonds on the secondary market so that there is enough liquidity for ...
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The government is issuing massive debt for coronavirus relief - why aren't interest rates rising?

As I understand it, the US Treasury Department issues bonds to pay for the government's coronavirus rescue spending. I might have thought that such a large input to the fixed income market on the ...
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What is core government debt?

In fixed income, the yield on the 10-year US Treasury fell 0.07 percentage points to 0.56 per cent as investors retreated to the safety of core government debt From : https://www.ft.com/content/...
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Why the treasury is buying back its treasury securities during the coronavirus economic crisis?

I have read today that the treasury of my home country (not the US) started to buy back a significant amount of its Treasury securities (bonds, notes ...) from their owners. My question is what ...
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Clarification on amortization of constant payments

I have found this formula on wikipedia : $$P=C_k(1+i)^ {(n-k+1)}$$ which describe the constant payment that has to be paid every year ($C_k$ is the part of the initial loan that is extinguished with ...
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How to Calculate Bond Yields

According to Bloomberg, the coupon rate on a 10-year UK government gilt is 4.75%. Bloomberg also states that the yield is currently 0.47%, and the market price £144.57. The UK Debt Management Office (...
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Dynamic of 10 year UST given supply shock of the bonds that the Fed will buy into

It looks like the US government are gonna issue a lot of bonds in the near future. Basic demand/supply implies that this will lower the price of those bonds i.e higher yields. At the same time it ...
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Understanding Bond Yields

According to Bloomberg, the coupon rate on a 10-year UK government bond is 4.75%. Bloomberg also states that the yield is currently 0.55%, and the market price £143.51. But if the following formula ...
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Why does Samuelson say common stocks are better than bonds and preferred stocks during inflation?

I’m reading the first edition of Paul Samuelson’s Economics (1948). In Chapter 6, “Business Organization and Income,” after describing bonds, preferred stocks, and common stocks, he writes: To test ...
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List of stock and bond indexes for countries

I am doing some master`s degree research and looking for the list of stock/bond indexes for developed and developing countries. So the excel-file I should gather in the end will look like this: ...
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Most significant factors in the price of a goverments bonds

As a follow up on Long-,short-term interest rates and inflation. Inflation is clearly a factor(tho not possible to model mathematically) when it comes to the market price of a bond. I can think of ...
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Why should government bonds have been a part of FSB rules on repo markets? [closed]

Since the financial crash, reforms have been made by the FSB, I would like to know why there is the opinion that government bonds should have been part of FSB rules on repo markets
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Correlation between nominal bond returns and growth

I read the following passage and the bolded section has me confused: In theory, assets earn a low (or negative) risk premium if they tend to perform well when the economy is weak. When growth ...
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demand for money

I am currently studying the demand for money by Blanchard. this model assumes that the amount of money held is basically related to transaction levels and the the attractiveness of bonds. i.e.: ...
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What prevents a government from issuing debt to finance riskier investments?

Germany has a 10Y bond yield of -0.336%. Meanwhile, Brazil has a 10Y bond yield of 6.415%. Why doesn't the German government issue bonds in order to buy Brazilian bonds? It seems a no-brainer win. ...
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Why does the bond market induce efficient allocation of capital?

Going from this quote by Bryan Collins of Fidelity on China's economy: One of the nice things we see from the development of a domestic bond market is that it starts the process of pricing ...
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How do treasury bill auction work?

So i am having a couple of issues understanding the auctions of treasury bills. I know that the treausury accepts the bids offering the highest price. The treausury accepts the competitive bids in ...
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What is the Relationship between expected return and risk of corporate bonds?

So from my past studies i know that if the interest rate is expected to decrease, then the expected return will increase and the demand for long term bonds shifts to the right. If investors believe ...
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Interest rate, bond problem

I am trying to solve the following problem: Debtor issued a bond on 20 000€ (including interest rate) with maturity rate of 8 months and interest rate of 8% per annum. Month later, the creditor ...