Left Menu
Development News Edition

UPDATE 3-Euro zone bond yields slide on Brexit and trade fears

Reuters | Updated: 17-05-2019 21:14 IST | Created: 17-05-2019 20:58 IST
UPDATE 3-Euro zone bond yields slide on Brexit and trade fears
Image Credit: Pixabay

German bond yields fell back towards more than 2-1/2 year lows on Friday as the collapse of Brexit talks in Britain boosted higher-rated debt and worsened a mood among investors already nervous about trade tensions.

Both French and Dutch 10-year government bond yields touched 2-1/2 year lows. Talks between Britain's two biggest parties over a Brexit deal collapsed, reviving doubts whether Britain can avoid leaving the European Union without a deal.

The opposition Labour party blamed Prime Minister Theresa May's crumbling government, and investors are now bracing for a contest to succeed her. "It's the additional uncertainty that's been injected into the market as a result of the likely leadership campaign and the real lack of clarity about what that means for Brexit," said Sarah Hewin, an economist at Standard Chartered, pointing to the renewed prospect of a no-deal Brexit and a possible national election.

The 10-year British government bond yield dropped almost six basis points. The benchmark German 10-year bond yield touched as low as -0.129%, near -0.132%, its lowest since September 2017 that was hit on Wednesday. Adding to the nervousness, rising trade tensions between the United States and China, the world's two biggest economies, have fuelled concern about global growth. Tough words on trade from China's media on Friday drowned out upbeat news on the U.S. economy and corporate earnings,

U.S. Treasury yields, which rose on Thursday after the strong U.S. data, also fell. French and Spanish 10-year bond yields were set for their biggest weekly drop in about two months, down 14 and 11 bps respectively.

There have been steep falls in yields across major bond markets this year as weaker global growth and a shift to a more dovish stance from central banks creates a favourable backdrop for fixed income. "Bond markets in general, especially (German) Bunds, are telling us they don't see many good things going on in the next one (to) two years," said Neil Dwane portfolio manager and global strategist at Allianz Global Investors.

Renewed concern about Italy, the euro zone's third-biggest economy, and its spending plans have also fuelled demand for safer assets, although there was some respite for Italian bonds on Friday, with those yields down as much as 11 basis points before recovering towards the end of the European session. Analysts said this was more down to position-covering ahead of the weekend than any major easing in concern about Italian risks, however.

Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Friday he was not worried over possible EU sanctions in case of a violation of fiscal rules, as he was confident European leadership would change after this month's European Parliament elections. Investors have been on edge since Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday that Rome should be ready to break an EU deficit ceiling of 3% of gross domestic product and push debt to 140% of GDP if needed to fight unemployment.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

‘Discounted Deaths’ and COVID 19: Anthropology of Death and Emotions

Death is a social event rather than the mere cessation of biological functions. As seen by anthropologists, death is not just physical but intensely social, cultural, and political....

Indigenous knowledge of communities a must for maximizing impact of community work

Generally, it has been observed that the majority of the academicians in higher education institutions neglect the wisdom of community people and throw their weight around thinking that they know everything and the community knows nothing. ...

In rebuking FBR, Pakistan’s courts take a stand for public health

The system, if implemented effectively, will allow Pakistans revenue service to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products and potentially add hundreds of millions of dollars to the states budget each year. ...

Dissecting how COVID-19 is catalyzing the trajectory of New World Order

The ensuing pandemic of COVID-19 has hit the globalization in two ways firstly, shrinking the importance of globalization as an economic force by curtailing mobility through worldwide lockdowns, and secondly, rejuvenating the idea of indig...

Videos

Latest News

INSTANT VIEW 2-Reaction to Pompeo's remark that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Hong Kong no longer qualifies for its special status under U.S. law, unnerving investors worried about the risk to the Chinese-ruled citys status as a global financial hub.His comments came after Bei...

Liquor sale resumes in Kerala after two months

After over two month of closure due to COVID-19 induced lockdown, liquor shops reopened in Kerala on Thursday with a new mobile application being used to regulate the crowd. State-run liquor outlets, bars as well as beer and wine shops have...

Suryoday Small Finance Bank raises Rs 62 cr

Small finance lender Suryoday Small Finance Bank SSFB on Thursday said it has raised Rs 62.14 crore in equity capital from five of its existing investors including Gaja Capital and Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance. Other investors include Lok ...

FOREX-Euro creeps higher on EU recovery fund optimism

The euro continued to rise on Thursday, boosted by a 750 billion euro 826.35 billion EU plan to prop up the blocs coronavirus-hit economies, though gains were limited as doubts about delivering the scheme crept in. The EU executive unveiled...

Give Feedback