Questions tagged [government-bonds]

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Can foreigners buy Singapore government treasury bills without a bank account in Singapore?

Can a foreigner buy Singapore government T-bills if they do not have a bank account in Singapore? By "foreigner", I mean a person that is a non-citizen and non-resident of Singapore, and who ...
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Can one buy I bonds within an HSA (Health Savings Account)?

I read: You can’t buy I bonds within an IRA or employer-sponsored savings plan, such as a 401(k) plan. You’ll need to buy I bonds with money that you didn’t save in these programs. Can one buy I ...
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1 year T-bill for buying a car in Europe

I live in Europe and I plan to buy a car exactly one year from now. I want to invest now approx. 32000 EUR in 1 year bonds to profit from the interest rate and to secure my money until I need it. My ...
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Why is the purchase of US I bond only possible for US citizens/residents and US civilian employees?

I read on https://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/research/indepth/ibonds/res_ibonds_ibuy.htm: Who may own an I bond? Individuals: Yes, if you have a Social Security Number and meet any one of these ...
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TreasuryDirect Reinvest T-Bills (Gap or no Gap)

When you set a T-Bill (say 3M) to reinvest on TreasuryDirect, will there be a one week gap when reinvesting (due to auction scheduling) or will you be fully vested for 2 years (get 2 year's worth of ...
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Can I convert interest income to capital gains by selling t-bills before maturity?

I've been buying 6-month treasury bills. The interest is taxed at maturity as interest income. If however it could be taxed as short-term capital gains, I could avoid paying any taxes on it because I ...
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What is the correct formula for Bond Yield?

Taking an introductory investment course, was following up on bond yields. I thought the yield is calculated as follows (sorry for some reason LaTex formatting doesn't work - so inserting an image): ...
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How to buy I bond for child and spouse?

To purchase I bond I followed the steps below: Opened TreasuryDirect account using my SSN and other information. Purchased a I Bond under my registration. Created a new Primary Owner registration ...
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Need help understanding bond yield outliers

I was looking at bond yields on Fidelity and noticed a few outliers. The tables below show the 'Highest' and 'Median' yields. Note the outliers - Agency/GSE 10yr and Corp AAA 2yr - where the highest ...
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What type of account is used for individuals to trade government issued bonds directly with Treasury?

Here is my understanding - an account at a financial institution that allows an individual to trade corporate bonds is a brokerage account. Here is my question - an account held by an individual at ...
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How do interest rates affect bond coupon rates?

Let's say interest rates are at 2% and I buy a 10-yr bond with a face value of $1,000 and coupon of $50. The coupon rate will be $50/$1,000 = 5%. Then, let's say that one year later interest rates ...
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Why is there a sell off of US bonds if interest rates in the US are currently rising?

My understanding is that as interest rates go up, the yield offered by bonds also increases (in response). If the yield of bond increases, then why are people selling bonds?
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Market risk for TIPs vs. I Bonds

Treasury Direct has a good comparison between TIPs and I Bonds: https://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/products/prod_tipsvsibonds.htm However, I want to make sure I understand when you can lose ...
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How Is There A Yield Curve For Treasuries?

Why would anyone buy a 1 yr T-Bill with a return of 1.25% when you get double that on a 30-year T-Bond? Where is the risk and/or liquidity premium coming from? There's a highly liquid, secondary ...
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How is price of 1 year Treasury Bills calculated on this chart?

The chart shows USD 0.85. I assume it is per USD 1000 face value T-Bill. What does this USD 0.85 mean?
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Why is the price of 10-year note different for the same yield?

Looking at the price of 10-year note (ZN) futures, I noticed that the price of ZN futures corresponding to ~1.70% yield was ~128 today but was ~131 in March 2021. Why is there such a huge difference ...
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Why are there so many money market yield measurements? (MMY, BEY, BDY) Are all of them really used?

I have heard teachers online explain that since these measures do not account for compounding they are "naive" and are "rough estimates" since they have such a short maturity that ...
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What does it mean to say a market is governed by technicals

In an interview, Mohamed El-Erian had this to say about the current situation for global bond funds: I’m really glad I’m no longer managing fixed income bond funds because technicals rather than ...
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Why do we have *daily* series of T-bill yields?

I understand that each week the US Treasury issues new T-bills at different maturities (1-month, 3-months, 1-year, etc). As far as I understand, this issuance happens every Tuesday. After the auction, ...
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When the 5-Year Treasury Note's yield is up 10%, Which note exactly do they refer to?

The 5-year Treasury notes, for example, are issued multiple times during the year, everyone have its cusip number, when they say this note yield is up by 10%. Do they refer to the most recently ...
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What does the bond issuer/company do when the bond is oversubscribed?

I'm a beginner, I see sometimes in news that a company issue bonds (1 million total issuance), but they received 3 million requests, what will they do with the two million excess ?
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Compute coupon of treasuries

How do you compute coupon starting from yield and price? Since yield is coupon / par, which is 2 / 100 in this case, would it just be yield * price, 0.01906 * (102 + 1 / 32) with the data below? ...
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How often does the treasury department issue bonds and at what prices?

How often does the u.s treasury department issue bonds and at what prices? Does it issue bonds throughout the year with the same annual yield regardless of current bond prices in the bond market, as ...
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How can I interpret this bond chart?

I am looking into buying a bond on DeGiro. I am new to this platform and to buying bonds. From what I understand, bonds are usually issued in multiples of 1k and have a coupon rate that is paid to you ...
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Are U.S government bonds completely liquid?

In the event of a market downturn like 2008, could I liquidate them whenever I wanted to at good price on a retail stock broker?
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Question about the premium from selling bonds

Suppose I bought a $1000 ten-year treasury note (2031) with 4% yield. After one year, the yield decreased to 1%. If I sell it, how much premium will I get? Will I get (3% * 1000)? If the calculation ...
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How can I benefit as an individual investor in bonds, from increasing of bond yield?

I'm a beginner, What do I benefit as an individual investor in bonds, from bond yields increasing ? If I bought a 10 years treasury bond at the beginning of this year with a yield of 1 and then it ...
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How to buy United States 10-Year Bond and what is the code?

To trade a the Amazon stock, the code is AMZN. Is there a code for United States 10-Year Bond? Investment.com shows US10YT but there is no such code in the Interactive Trader platform.
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What’s the difference between inflation and inflation tax?

I get that people seem to be using the term inflation tax as a metaphor for understanding inflation, but it seems to be a bit more than that. We all know that inflation reduces the buying power of our ...
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How are sovereign bond interest rates determined? [closed]

They are a lot of questions about the price of a bond or its yield. How would bonds fare if interest rates rose? Why would I not buy a bond for less than face value? Why invest in long term ...
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What do single quotation marks in the price of futures mean?

What are those single quotation marks in the price, and how to read them?
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Why does the price of a TIPS bond not match the inflation adjusted principal near or at maturity?

As stated by the US Treasury: With a rise in the index, or inflation, the principal increases. With a fall in the index, or deflation, the principal decreases. I'm curious why a TIPS (912828QV5) ...
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Why short (German) government bond futures?

Today, mainly out of curiosity, I went to a major ETF comparison website and sorted the short ETFs by market value. I was surprised when among the first few places in the list I found an ETF (LYX0FW) ...
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What are "G-secs"?

I am having a slight trouble in understanding this. I seriously do not know what it means by "G-secs". I have heard this word in the article posted below. What does it mean when someone says ...
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BTP Bund spread interpretation

I know that the BTP/Bund spread is the spread between the German and Italian 10 year bonds. But I am unsure how we interpret the actual number and more importantly the drivers behind the spread ...
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How to find information on bond buyers?

To better assess my bond investments, I want to see what institutions are buying US treasuries in the auctions over the last three months. Just want to see if there is any change in the composition of ...
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Is my back-of-the-envelope calculation about taking out a loan to invest into the markets flawed?

With the recent economic struggles due to the Covid-19 pandemic the stock market seems to be even more interesting for personal investments. Taking out a loan might be one of the ways to gather or ...
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Why does short-selling treasuries require significant collateral?

In the vein of this question, I'm curious about getting a loan by selling treasuries. The issue, apparently, is that the proceeds of the short sale is held as collateral. As I understand it, however, ...
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TreasuryDirect / Treasury bond question

I inherited old paper Treasury bonds and don't know what to do with them. Questions: Before I give TreasuryDirect my SSN, is it a legitimate US bond site? Has anyone been able to mass upload the ...
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Are government bonds really risk-free?

When I read finance textbooks, I read things like "assume that the risk-free rate is equal to the yield on 30-year government bonds", "the government bond earns at the risk-free rate&...
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What are some good reasons to buy U.S. Government debt (Treasury bonds)? [closed]

Treasury bonds issued by the U.S. Government are considered virtually risk-free, because they are backed by the U.S. Government's ability to tax in order to pay them off. I understand that Treasury ...
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How does Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond compare to ICE US Treasury Core Bond?

I'm looking at two US aggregate bonds trying to understand why one is more popular than the other. iShares US Aggregate Bond UCITS ETF - 0.25% TER - Bloomberg Barclays iShares US Treasury Bond UCITS ...
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Why is data not available for US treasury bonds on Interactive Brokers website?

I wanted to buy my first bond ever today, but when trying to get the prices for "US Treasuries" in the bond scanner page on Interactive Brokers, I was greeted with the following message: Is this ...
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Trying to understand the behavior of the bond market during the COVID19 crisis [closed]

I'm aware of several corporate bond indices that are (slightly) going up despite of the COVID19 crisis. For instance, let's take this corporate bond index as an example. Choosing the 1Y chart one can ...
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Why is my series EE bond's next accrual date not a multiple of 6 months after the issue date

My grandparents gave me a few Series EE bonds while I was growing up. I have entered their serial numbers/issue dates into this calculator on treasurydirect.gov. Most of the bonds' issue date was in ...
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Do bonds become more valuable right before a coupon payment?

I'm learning about fixed income for the first time and my understanding is that the value of a bond depends on three major variables: The face value The time to maturity The coupon rate a.k.a. the ...
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Relation of Stocks, Bond and Yield to each other in Market

I have been told by Financial advisors that I have to diversify in stocks and bonds to reduce risk of losing money in stocks. I have attached the chart of DOW and 10 Year Treasury note below. My ...
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What sets long term government yields?

Can one say that the market sets the rate/yield via the price that in turn is determined by supply and demand? The supply/demand is moreover a function of inflation, future expectations of short term ...
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What is the interest rate that the governments bonds move inversely to?

When we talk about "the interest rate" that government bonds move inversely to which is this rate?
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10 year treasury constant maturity rate explained

The 10-year treasury constant maturity rate over 2019 fell from a Max of 2.75 to a Min of 1.50 with an average of 2.15. I want to check whether my understanding of what the figures and the 10-year ...
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