The Tell: Treasury market returns are negative again. Why this time for bonds looks different than 2022.

by | Aug 17, 2023 | Stock Market

Yearly returns in the Treasury market slipped into negative territory this week as the market sold off on signs that the Federal Reserve may need to keep rates high for a while to contain inflation. While negative returns might stir bad memories of last year’s shocking losses for bonds, stocks and nearly everything else, investors holding Treasury debt issued at 2023’s higher yields might want to sit back and take stock.

“This is the top thing we hear,” said Ryan Murphy, director of fixed-income business development at Capital Group, of evaporating returns in what’s been a tough August. “You saw the worst bond market in 40 years last year. Investors, they are tired, and feel beaten up.” Murphy’s message to clients is this: “In bonds, you earn the money over time.” And those dwindling bond returns since January? “Approach it with a deep breath, and know this is going to work out in the end.” Capital Group’s laid-back style and lack of “a star CEO” earned it recognition by Institutional Investor in March as “a new bond leader” without a king, in large part because it attracted $100 billion in funds over the past five years, or twice the total of its peers. Recent volatility in interest rates again zapped yearly gains in many bond funds, as Fed officials continued to warn that a roaring labor market and robust spending could keep inflation from receding to the central bank’s 2% annual target. The spike in long-term bond yields makes older, lower-yielding securities look comparatively less attractive. That’s reflected in the yearly return on a key Bloomberg U.S. government bond and note index, which turned negative for the first time since March (see chart), when several regional banks failed, stoking fears of a broader banking …

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