The charts that matter: bond yields soar
Government bond yields around the world spiked higher this week. Here’s how it has affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
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And in this week’s podcast, Merryn talks to Gary Channon of Phoenix Asset Management about his investment style and the balance between diversification and performance. Plus, capital allocation and the firms that get it right – and the firms that don't. It’s a fascinating listen – hear what they have to say here.
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Here are the links for this week’s editions of Money Morning and other web articles you may have missed:
- Monday Money Morning: The UK stockmarket is cheap – but is it cheap for good reasons?
- Tuesday Money Morning: Has passive investing created a stockmarket bubble?
- Merryn’s blog: Why we will be reliant on fossil fuels for a long time to come
- Web article: Why are people panicking about fuel shortages?
- Wednesday Money Morning: The investment landscape is getting messy – what should you own now?
- Web article: What do higher oil prices mean for investors?
- Thursday Money Morning: Rising bond yields are unnerving markets and it could get worse before it gets better
- Web article: What is the US “debt ceiling” and what happens if it is not raised?
- Friday Money Morning: China’s energy crunch could export inflation around the globe
- Web article: Furlough is ending – will unemployment spike?
- Cryptocurrency roundup: Cryptocurrency roundup: bitcoin shrugs off China's ban
Now for the charts of the week.
The charts that matter
Gold fell further as concerns over tighter money continued, but it managed to rally towards the end of the week.
(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) shot up, perhaps in a reaction to the US Federal Reserve taking on a more hawkish tone on monetary stimulus, which also helped to push bond yields higher.
(DXY: three months)
The Chinese yuan (or renminbi) continued to tread water (when the red line is rising, the dollar is strengthening while the yuan is weakening).
(Chinese yuan to the US dollar: since 25 Jun 2019)
The yield on the ten-year US government bond burst higher as the spectre of inflation (and higher interest rates) raises its head again.
(Ten-year US Treasury yield: three months)
The yield on the Japanese ten-year bond saw a similar jump, tailing off towards the end of the week.
(Ten-year Japanese government bond yield: three months)
And even the yield on the ten-year German Bund joined in, though it’s still in negative territory, if only just.
(Ten-year Bund yield: three months)
(Copper: nine months)
The closely-related Aussie dollar slid against the US dollar.
(Aussie dollar vs US dollar exchange rate: three months)
Bitcoin defied China’s total ban on cryptocurrency transactions to register a near-7% rise on the week.
(Bitcoin: three months)
US weekly initial jobless claims rose by 11,000 to 362,000. The four-week moving average rose by 4,250 to 340,000.
(US initial jobless claims, four-week moving average: since Jan 2020)
The oil price briefly hit over $80 a barrel – its highest in three years – as energy prices continued to dominate the headlines.
(Brent crude oil: three months)
Amazon saw its share price slide as wider markets fell.
(Amazon: three months)
Tesla, however, had another remarkably good week.
(Tesla: three months)
Have a great weekend.