US benchmark borrowing costs plunged to levels last seen in 1946 and those for Germany and the UK hit all-time lows as investors took fright at what they see as a disjointed policy response to the debt crisis in Spain and Italy.
In a striking sign of the flight to haven assets, German two-year bond yields fell to zero for the first time, below the equivalent rate for Japan, meaning investors are willing to lend to Berlin for no return.
US 10-year yields fell as low as 1.62 percent, a level last reached in March 1946, according to Global Financial Data. German benchmark yields reached 1.26 percent while Denmark’s came close to breaching the 1 percent level, hitting 1.09 percent. UK rates fell to 1.64 percent, the lowest since records for benchmark borrowing costs began in 1703.
“They are extreme levels because we are in an extremely perilous situation. People just want to put their money somewhere where they think they will get it back. People may soon be paying Germany or the US to look after their money,” said Gary Jenkins, head of Swordfish Research, an independent credit analysis company.Page 1 of 4 | Next Page