19/11/18

For The First Time In Decades, 1 Year Treasuries Yield More Than Chinese Debt



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For The First Time In Decades, 1 Year Treasuries Yield More Than Chinese Debt
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Over the weekend, we noted something unexpected: the yield differential between Chinese and US 10Y Yields had collapsed in the past month, dropping to under 30bps, the lowest level in years, as the market appeared to telegraph that China would not only be unlikely to spur inflation, but more concerningly, succumb to deflation.

However, while there is still time before Chinese 10Y paper yields less than its US equivalent, a look at closer maturities reveals that for the first time in at least a decade, one-year Treasuries yield more than short-term Chinese debt, which BMO Capital Markets says that spells trouble for China's currency.

The recent sharp drop in 12-month Treasury bills amid the Fed's ongoing push to hike rates despite concerns about the slowing US economy has pushed the 1 Year TSY yield to 2.66%, rising above the 2.56% yield on similar-maturity Chinese securities for the first time since at least 2008. Putting this dramatic move in context, at the start of 2018, the Chinese securities yielded about 200 basis points more than the T-bills.

"For the first time in decades, a 12-month Treasury bill has a higher yield than one-year Chinese debt," BMO rates strategist Jon Hill wrote in a Monday note, ....

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