Questions tagged [government-bonds]

for questions that relate to government bonds. It is recommend you use a country tag or state what country you are referring to. A government bond is a bond issued by a national government, generally promising to pay a certain amount on a certain date, as well as periodic interest payments.

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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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How customary are for European governments to sell government bonds online directly to individuals?

The State Treasury (under the helm of the Ministry of Finance (and not the Central bank as it is sometimes in the other countries)) issues the government bonds for the Republic of Latvia and in the ...
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Redeeming minuteman savings stamps the old-fashioned way?

We just found in our house two books of 10¢ Minuteman stamps, face value $2.90.  I see that they are sold as collectibles for a wide range of prices. But I am curious whether there is still some ...
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On a statement of Dalio and the case for gold

Last night I was watching the following videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVLJRGA5uAk and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhDrvQiNV5M&t I am considering the bet on gold with respect to his ...
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Why have treasury prices risen despite increasing interest rates since the Great Recession?

ETFs that track treasuries have risen despite the fact that the global economy has stabilized since 2008 and interest rates have risen (from near 0 to ~1.5%) My (very simplistic) understanding of ...
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To know if I want to hold Municipal Bonds, I want to know the percent of unfunded pension liabilities ($3.8T) to total state and local gov liabilities

I'm pondering whether or not to hold Municipal Bonds in my portfolio. My concern is that Municipalities seem to be stressed because unfunded pension liabilities keep growing and this seems alarming. ...
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“Holding the trade” in fixed income arbitrage

From TIPS v Treasuries: What a wild ride it was! Receiving 5% on one US Government Bond and paying 2.5% on another US Government Bond with the same maturity is an obvious winner, but many hedge ...
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Are Muni REVENUE bonds secured or can the local gov. use the revenues for other purposes not paying the bond holders if its going bankrupt?

Municipal bonds are of two kinds: GO (General Obligation) Bonds or Revenue Bonds. My question on Revenue Bonds is: are the revenues from the specific project secured or can the local government use ...
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Are treasury bonds more liquid than USD? [closed]

Does it make sense to say that, in a way, US Treasury bonds are more liquid than USD? I think this because the value of all the bonds in circulation is way greater than all the dollars in circulation, ...
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Which yield curve is inverting?

All over the news I read that the yield curve is inverting. I thought they were talking about the US Treasury Bond yield curve. This seems to be the case when I read this article. However there are ...
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Why would zero-coupon perpetuity not be worthless (simple enough so grandma understands)

The context is the negative yielding treasuries in Europe (Germany). Here is a quote I found on the matter: Why would a zero-coupon perpetuity not be worth exactly zero? Because its nominal value ...
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Locking in rates during yield curve inversion

While reading multiple articles about yield curve inversion, a common theme is that investors seeing an economic slowdown in the future which generally means lower interest rates so they want to lock ...
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Why would one buy a bond with negative rate? [duplicate]

I see presently that many countries outside the U.S. have negative rate government bonds. So you buy one for $101 and in 5 years you get $100 back (face value). (I picked numbers for simplicity). I ...
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US treasuries yield on economy news

When looking at say Bloomberg or CNBC news on television, one often sees different yields for US treasuries pop up. For example: What does this represent? How are these numbers determined? It can't ...
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Understanding UK Gilt

I have been reading about UK Gilt and have some questions understanding it. For instance, the TREASURY 3,3/4% 2019 Gilt has a coupon of 3.75%. The maturity date is September 7th 2019. Interest is ...
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How does Massachusetts tax selling US Treasury Bills before maturity?

If I buy a 4-week US Treasury Bill at auction and hold it to maturity, the interest I earn is state-tax-free. Just to put a number on it (even though I know rates aren't actually that high right now), ...
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Leveraging macroeconomic trends

Let's say I have strong reasons to believe that an economic sector of a particular country will increase/decrease in the next few years. How can I leverage this information financially? Should I ...
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Is there a catch in investing in treasuries close to maturity date?

Is there a catch to invest to treasuries close to maturity date? I don't want to lock the money for a long time, b/c the interest rate probably will go up. But I am concern that it's not that simple. ...
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Elementary question about emergency fund and US Treasurys

Consider the following strategy for maintaining an emergency fund: continually reinvest ~$40k in 1-month US bonds at ~2.5% APY pay up to ~$10k using credit cards in case of emergency pay off credit ...
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Why don't investors in negative-yielding government bonds put money in positive-yielding government bonds instead?

According to this news article, USD10 trillion has been put into negative-yielding long-term government bonds. https://www.ft.com/content/b131da2e-4f02-11e9-b401-8d9ef1626294 Why don't these ...
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Mutual Fund or Municipal Bond

I am new to this Bond's so, I am not sure which one is a good investment like state or federal bonds? Is it worth to Invest now?
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Can an American birth certificate be redeemed for money?

Can an American birth certificate be redeemed for money? Why is it printed on bond paper?
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How does the price of a long term treasury bond effect the value of your investment?

The most important thing to point out about bonds is their interest rate and face value fluctuate like a see-saw, when interest rates are high the face value is lower, when the face value is high the ...
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Understanding bond ETFs

I am failing to understand the bond ETFs. I somewhat understand stock ETFs: ETFs own stocks, I buy a part of ETF, therefore, I also indirectly own stocks. When I sell my share of ETF, the ETF gets ...