Greenspan sees no barriers to negative yields on Treasuries

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By Liz McCormick
Bloomberg News
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says he wouldn't be surprised if U.S. bond yields turn negative. And if they do, it's not that big of a deal.

"There is international arbitrage going on in the bond market that is helping drive long-term Treasury yields lower," Greenspan, who led the central bank from 1987 to 2006, said in a phone interview. "There is no barrier for U.S. Treasury yields going below zero. Zero has no meaning, beside being a certain level."

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Negative yields are confounding traditional fixed-income investors. Lenders traditionally were compensated for parting with their money, while borrowers paid to use that cash for some purpose. That's no longer the case in many markets outside the U.S., with more investors coming to grips with the changing dynamics of global markets over the last few years. ...

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