The charts that matter: rising bond yields send markets into a tizz

Markets suffered a chaotic week as bond yields continued to climb. We look at how the week’s events have affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.

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As is now usual, we have a new podcast. This time John is in the chair, talking to Dr Paul Jourdan of Amati Global investors. Paul is launching a new fund investing in the “strategic metals” that are needed if we are to move away from fossil fuels. Have a listen to what he’s got to say here.

Here are the links for this week’s editions of Money Morning and other web stories you may have missed.

Now for the charts of the week.

The charts that matter

Gold fell hard this week as rising bond yields stymied demand. Gold doesn’t like rising “real” yields (that is, interest rates adjusted for inflation). Hence the slide.

Gold price chart

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(Gold: three months)

The US dollar index (DXY – a measure of the strength of the dollar against a basket of the currencies of its major trading partners) rose a little over the week, but tailed off towards the end.

US dollar index chart

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(DXY: three months)

The Chinese yuan (or renminbi) continues to trade in a range against the US dollar (when the red line is falling, the yuan is strengthening).

USD/CNY currency chart

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(Chinese yuan to the US dollar: since 25 Jun 2019)

The yield on the ten-year US government bond roared through 1.5% as investors grow increasingly convinced that inflation will force the Federal Reserve to raise rates earlier than expected.

US Treasury bond yield chart

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(Ten-year US Treasury yield: three months)

Even the yield on the Japanese ten-year bond saw a steep jump, hitting 0.14% as it tracked other developed-world yields up to hit its highest level since late 2019.

Japanese government bond yield chart

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(Ten-year Japanese government bond yield: three months)

The yield on the ten-year German Bund joined the party too, up to levels not seen since early 2020. Still negative, but hurtling towards zero at an astonishing rate.

German Bund yield chart

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(Ten-year Bund yield: three months)

Copper took another big leap. Find out why this metal is going to be in huge demand in the coming years in this week’s MoneyWeek Podcast.

Copper price chart

(Image credit: Copper price chart)

(Copper: nine months)

The Aussie dollar stopped for a breather after another positive week, driven by commodities demand.

AUD/USD currency chart

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(Aussie dollar vs US dollar exchange rate: three months)

Cryptocurrency bitcoin suffered another of its big crashes after topping $57,000 last week. Loose cannon Elon Musk gave crypto-speculators a fright when he went on Twitter to suggest it was looking a little overvalued. His perhaps ill-judged pronouncement cost him some $15bn.

(By the way, keep an eye out next week for a comprehensive guide to bitcoin put together by our resident crypto-expert Dominic. That’ll be coming your way over the next week or so.)

Bitcoin price chart

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(Bitcoin: three months)

US weekly jobless claims fell by 111,000 to 730,000, compared to 841,000 last week (revised down from 861,000). The four-week moving average fell to 807,750 from 828,250 (which was revised down from 833,250) the week before. It was a bigger fall than many had forecast, suggesting the jobs market could be picking up again.

US weekly jobless claims chart

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(US jobless claims, four-week moving average: since Jan 2020)

The oil price (as measured by Brent crude) climbed higher still, hitting $66 a barrel. Bank of America is forecasting that oil prices will rise at the fastest rate since the 1970s over the next three years, and could even hit $100 a barrel.

Brent crude oil price chart

(Image credit: Brent crude oil price chart)

(Brent crude oil: three months)

Amazon took a dive as equities and US tech stocks in particular, sold off heavily.

Amazon share price chart

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(Amazon: three months)

Tesla joined in the market plunge, not helped by its CEO’s social media activity.

Tesla share price chart

(Image credit: Tesla share price chart)

(Tesla: three months)

Have a great weekend.

Ben Judge

Ben studied modern languages at London University's Queen Mary College. After dabbling unhappily in local government finance for a while, he went to work for The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh. The launch of the paper's website,, in the early years of the dotcom craze, saw Ben move online to manage the Business and Motors channels before becoming deputy editor with responsibility for all aspects of online production for The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News websites, along with the papers' Edinburgh Festivals website.

Ben joined MoneyWeek as website editor in 2008, just as the Great Financial Crisis was brewing. He has written extensively for the website and magazine, with a particular emphasis on alternative finance and fintech, including blockchain and bitcoin. As an early adopter of bitcoin, Ben bought when the price was under $200, but went on to spend it all on foolish fripperies.