How Bad Could It Get For Bonds?

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With stocks pushing to new multi-year highs - seemingly all-in on the Fed's newfound transmission mechanism - the bond market is beginning to quake just a little. 10Y rates shifted quickly through 2.00% today - hovering around 10-month highs - but the question is, just how bad could it get for bondholders if the Fed were to lift their repressing foot of the yield-seeker's throat. While we believe they are missing the circular nature of any Fed implied tightening on stocks (and therefore bonds reflexively), Goldman sees 10Y yields 120-240bps under 'fair' currently thanks to Fed QE efforts - and believes 4.0% yields are on the cards by 2016. Our question - what exactly would HY spreads look like under this 'bullish' scenario? And for the stock bulls - is this just catch-up by bonds or the great rotation so many hope for? And if Goldman believes this - why is their (and their primary dealer friends) holdings of Treasuries so extremely high?

Goldman sees a one-way street to 4% yields by 2017...

 

as the Fed's footprint knocks 120-240bps off Treasury yields...

 

Of course, as we noted, this unilateral analysis misses the one big point - that a (belief in the) removal of the punchbowl by the Fed (which is realistically the only way yields will rise this far this fast) would have a liquidity-crushing impact on the difference between equity valuations and fundamentals - and while Treasuries may see volatility rise (from record lows)...

 

...we suspect safe haven flows (to explicitly more attractive bond yields) will temper the real explosion (and rotation) so many expect.

 

As we will not go gracefully back to an old normal market any time soon...

 

We suspect - just as oil will eventually self-regulate the expansion hopes of local economies via energy price margin compression - that treasury weakness will not be seen as hope-for-recovery-driven but an opportunity for better yields as the boomers remain far more risk-averse (especially at almost all-time highs in stocks).

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Wed, 02/13/2013 - 12:47 | 3240442 kchrisc
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That last chart is an incredible testimony to the unsustainability of what they are doing.

They are just creating a spring loaded disaster.

hujel

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 12:48 | 3240443 NoWayJose
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When the various bubbles start to pop across the globe, yield on treasuries will once again head lower in a safe haven trade.  To believe that we will see 4% on the 10 year, you would have to think that the Fed can keep all the global bubbles inflated for 3 more years while stopping its purchasing of treasuries.  The reality is that if the Fed stops its purchases, the bubbles will pop.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 13:10 | 3240506 maskone909
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and what bubbles r u talking about? u hace to realize that THE BUBBLE IS NOW THE BUBBLE. did i just mind freak you?

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 13:03 | 3240495 maskone909
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like that guy with the orange skin kyle bass said.... keep your eye on the CDS curves. he was refering to japan but applies to all super debt kuntries

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 13:07 | 3240503 maskone909
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for the recor i have been short treasuries and making money im fighting the fed with brass knucks People think its an impossible notion for a bond reversal..... think again

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 13:30 | 3240538 dcj98gst
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How much liquidity could the FED remove by selling its assets when the bond market tanks?  Current value of the portfolio is 2 trillion.  How much would its portfollio be worth if it starts selling its assets?  They would not ever be able to remove the liquidity.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 14:50 | 3240732 Bam_Man
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I'm loving the fact that we now have penny-stock volatility in the Treasury market. We are all degenerate gamblers now.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 16:26 | 3241023 mkhs
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Some of us are not gambling; we are just degenerates.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 15:19 | 3240818 devo
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What about gold? How bad can it get for gold? Seems pretty bad. I wish we'd get a $200 drop just to clean out all the weak hands.

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