The Greatest Depression? German Yields Now Negative Through 2017

Tyler Durden's picture

Another night, another sell-side bank suggests European QE must be getting closer and, along with more un-de-escalation in Russia-Ukraine, the bid for German bonds continues to surge as Europe's greater depression appears increasingly priced into bonds. Yields on all German bonds out to 3 years are now negative and 10Y Bunds have collapsed to 90.5bps - record lows. This in turn - as we explained here - is dragging Treasury yields lower (10Y 2.36%) but leaves the spread to Bunds at record highs.

Bund tests 90bps...


as the entire German yield curve is now negative out to 3 years...


Massively divergent from stocks...


and US Treasuries follow suit...


Charts: Bloomberg

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Sudden Debt's picture

If you give me 50 euro's now...


wallstreetaposteriori's picture

Whoever is trying to front run the ECB is going to get smashed.... 

Sudden Debt's picture

European markets are going to look like the US markets in the next year so I'm thinking about going long on the Dax and Bel20.

PEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee's X 1000 AND BEYOND!!!

GetZeeGold's picture



How is this not DOW 18K?

Haus-Targaryen's picture

If "super" Mario does expand the ECB's balance sheet via, among other things, sovereign debt purchases, I have a few questions;

1) How many decades into the future will Germany be paid to borrow money

2) What will the Germany government do with all its free money?

3) How will Draghi be able to turn off the spicket once the PIIGS+France get their annual budgets tied to too much demand for their debt?   

4) How long before savers realise that they get a better ROR via sticking they cash in the mattress than in the bank?  

Grande Tetons's picture

4) How long before savers realise that they get a better ROR via sticking they cash in the mattress than in the bank? 

If everything is yielding nada or negative....sock some of those zero yielding PMs in the ole mattress while you are at it. 

LawsofPhysics's picture

one more time for clarity -->  If everything is yeilding nada or negative and the puchasing power of your money is being destroyed then you should be turning that fiat into any asset of real value and putting it in a matress, safe, or whatever the fuck you can defend and control.

Even physical cash might have more value when the capital controls hit in earnest, and we aren't even close yet.

Cattender's picture

Zee says: How is the Dow (not) at 18,000? well, it is up to the Fed If it makes it or not... (Before the NEXT Collapse) i keep hearing that "it's Different THIS Time" (somehow)

Grande Tetons's picture

There is a March, 2000 smell in the air. Could be a collapse or the stench of dog shit.  Probably the latter. 

philipat's picture

So those UST's look like a real bargain? BUY BUY BUY. No, wait, The Fed needs to get folks OUT of UST's to free up collateral and to continue the equity ponzi. The race to the bottom continues. Expect MOAR QE......

BorisTheBlade's picture

You got it right except for points stressed, it should read:


And if I ever give them back to you, then it will be 40, in 3 years time, provided you still want them since they all will be eaten by inflation. [EVIL LAUGHTER]

philipat's picture

Perhaps it should be, "I would gladly pay you next Tuesday for a Hamburger today"......?

NEOSERF's picture


GetZeeGold's picture



Put me in coach.....I'm ready.

falak pema's picture

The big questions now are if the Euro goes into a prolonged downward spiral :

1° Does Draghi initiate QE bigtime. If he does what does Mutti say? 

2° Will the US "stocks on steroids" economy decouple with the German/UE "bonds on steroids" economy? 

If it does what does it do to the global economy and currency wars?

3° What will the USA then do in face of Russia/China monetary entente ?

Its all linked and there could be an awesome ripple effect.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Full retard Falak, the rubicon was passed years ago, we are now committed to thinning the herd, whether we like it or not.  The liability side of the balance sheet is what it is and given the current state of technology, the calories available for consumption are what they are.  That which cannot be sustained won't be, it still doesn't mean you won't turn on the T.V. to hear all the talking heads going on about how good everything is.

Interesting times, good times, well, for us anyway.  FYI, it is pretty clear that China has an inside track on American politics and property.  They won't do anything to destroy their investments there or in Canada.  they eventually push all the Americans out as Chinese hire only other Chinese.

falak pema's picture

who is WE? 

The US oligarchs may find that the Euro counterparts could get roasted in the next two years.

If the Euro Z /US econo-financial uncoupling occurs, as does the BRIC/first world in parallel, and cannot be CB controlled; then the "WE" will be in big financial trouble in terms of saving their wealth. 

The race to bottom as a result of unwind could be awesome and nobody can say who the new "WE" will be once we hit the floor.

I'm asking questions step by step, as I don't know where this "invisible" staircase leads and when the descent for the elites of first world core countries will begin.

The fight between these elitist thieves is still very much "behind the curtain of CB plays".

If the CBs fall out maybe that's the first sign of cracks within the system.

We can see the cracks without the system but those within...

To me the transfer of power, financial or otherwise, from US to China, will not just happen thru a handshake of Oligarchs in Davos.

Its more complicated than that. There will be blood. And nobody knows the scenario nor the end of that movie in the making. Herd thinning is a large concept.

LawsofPhysics's picture

In my case, (and everyone's situation is different), the only "we" I care about is a farming co-op of mostly veterans and engineers.  We understand sacrifice and how to feed ourselves.

It is what it is... and chance always favors the prepared, period.

LawsofPhysics's picture

But, but, but "rates are going up"...


It's the running joke around here these days.

Pool Shark's picture




I remember a lot of down arrows last year when I suggested the US dollar would probably strengthen and bonds were a good buy. The only real surprise has been that I expected equities to have tanked by now. Eventually, the divergence in those charts above between stocks and bonds will close. I expect it to come from a crash in equities. If so, that could push bonds even higher.

[Sitting happily in Cash/Bonds/Gold,,, waiting for the deflationary collapse. We are Japan...]


craus's picture

In 2011 European Bond yields used to shock the markets here.
Especially German bonds yields at negative rate, WTF.
But all this does now is give rocket fuel to goto all time highs over here.
Sigh, I just hope the market dips so I can BTFD.


yogibear's picture

The money goes where it earns  the most. 

GetZeeGold's picture



There you go again Yogi.......common sense will get you nowhere.


Don't you dare try to move to Canada........we WILL find you.


We'll sick the half-breed Senator from Mass on you.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Define "money".  I'd argue that talent and capital always go where they are respected.  That's what really matters, regardless of the "fiat du jour".

andrewp111's picture

Sometimes, return of capital is more important than return on capital.

youngman's picture

For a Country that went thru a period of Hyperinflation...this is a little strange....

Sandmann's picture

which country ? Hungary ? Poland ? Argentina ? Germany ? I mean Germany's problem was caused by France and Belgium invading iand occupying in 1923

piratepiet's picture

How did France and Belgium occupuying Germany ( Ruhr ? ) cause hyperinflation ?

Quaderratic Probing's picture

Hyper deflation is worse the 1% lose net worth on real assets. So yes in the end the Germans will print to stop it. The past rhymes. Because the printing counters deflation gold will not increase in value, in fact its one of the real assets falling they try to save ( because they bought gold thinking inflation was the problem ).

I expect down votes.

QE covered deflating off book CDOs for the very reason above

venturen's picture

WTF they just need to print 10 Trillion Euros and all will be great just like here /SARC

youngman's picture

They will...just wait..

curbyourrisk's picture

It's all design.


The only way rates could possibly go higher in the US (or at least talk about going higher) is if QE is finally practiced in the EU.  The FED has been trying to force their hand for some time.  All those pics of EU leaders in bed are finally paying off as they are now finding it necessary to play ball and continue the USA directive of stealing every dime, euro, krona, lira of the citizens.

Brazen Heist's picture

Negative yields mean that bond prices are being bid up and selling at premium above par, due to increased demand from investors. The maket is expecting inflation in the future from debt monetization aka asset purchases, that's what the neg yields suggest. Inflation expectations are being priced into bunds. 

Now European banks can help pump stocks with all MOAR QE money. To the moon!!!

Dr. Engali's picture

Wrong. If inflation expectations were being priced into bonds then they would be selling off and yields would be going higher. Bonds are pricing in: 1) depression and therefore deflation 2) bond purchases from the ECB and 3) More global turmoils and possibly moar war. 

Brazen Heist's picture

I still have some learning to do on my bonds...

Deflation until 2017? 

Sounds like I will be enjoying more cheap European trips till then. 

And look at that those cheap southern/eastern European property markets that are still crashing! Just not too sure if the rent will be denominated in euros by then.

LawsofPhysics's picture

soveriegn bonds are also used as "high quality" collateral.  Take a look at the REPO and reverse REPO "markets".  we are fucked.

andrewp111's picture

If you had a billion Euros that you had to store somewhere, and keep liquidity, where would you put them?  What are the alternatives to Bunds? Think about it in this way, and it is easy to see why Bunds have a slightly negative rate.

Brazen Heist's picture

I would probably park them in....bunds. The safest euro instrument at the moment. 

Quaderratic Probing's picture

Bonds sell when new bonds have higher rates not before. Direct relationship.

Dr. Engali's picture

Higher rates are never offered unless the market demands it. No entity is going to offer 4% if the market will accept 3.5%. The market forces rates higher by rejecting the current offer. Right now the market can't do that because the central banks are distorting what's left of the market. 

Quaderratic Probing's picture

Germans will buy US bonds for higher rate return

Downtoolong's picture

Yields on all German bonds out to 3 years are now negative

So many elephants in the room now you can’t even ignore their shadows, let alone them.

And what’s that smell?

ejmoosa's picture

The cost of money is less than zero.  That's the long term forecast of what it's gonna be worth.

It's time to pull your assets out of the banks and into something you can have physical control over.

AdvancingTime's picture

I contend the primary reason that inflation has not raised its ugly head or become a major economic issue is because we are pouring such a large  percentage of wealth into intangible products or goods. If faith drops in these intangible "promises" and money suddenly flows into tangible goods seeking a safe haven inflation will soar. Like many of those who study the economy I worry about the massive debt being accumulated by governments and the rate that central banks have expanded the money supply.

The timetable on which economic events unfold is often quite uneven and this supports the possibility of an inflation scenario. A key issue being one of timing. If the price of gas jumps to $8 a gallon overnight do you buy gas and not make your car payment or stop driving the twenty miles to work? Answer, it could be months before your car is repossessed so you buy gas.

 It is important to remember that debts can go unpaid and promises be left unfilled. If this happens where does it  leave us? Chaos and major disruption would result from such a scenario. As we have seen from the economic crisis of 2008 and following many other unsettling developments legal actions can continue to drag on for years.  More in the article below.


MachoMan's picture

If faith drops in these intangible "promises" and money suddenly flows into tangible goods seeking a safe haven inflation will soar.  Like many of those who study the economy I worry about the massive debt being accumulated by governments and the rate that central banks have expanded the money supply.

These statements are inconsistent.  The latter infers that you know the definition of inflation, the former not so much.

Quaderratic Probing's picture

Already happened oil hit 140 gas 4 dollars and the world markets broke. Oil hit 35. Self limiting.

Brazen Heist's picture

Once the ECB loses its "independence" due to pressure from the French, Italians etc. the Germans won't be happy. 

I'd laugh if Germany is the FIRST one to exit the sinking ship that is the EU. 

Anything is possible, look at the world.

d edwards's picture

Geez, Germany was about the only EU country with a functioning economy. It's really grim now!