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For Bonds, This Is Now The Second Worst Bear Market In 40 Years

Last December, we predicted that the US was heading for a “titanic taper tantrum” in 2021, to an extent as a result of a sharp drop in bond demand as a result of reduced bond purchases by the Fed but also due to a spike in inflation which would lead to a sharp drop in demand for duration.

So fast forward to this week when the crash in US Treasury, and especially the belly of the curve led by a plunge in 5Y prices.

Led to a historic vol shock as the real 10Y yield soared and which crushed both bond and equity bulls, but especially risk parity and balanced funds, who suffered tremendous losses as the conventional hedging role that bonds play was reversed as the bond stock correlation reversed from deeply negative to positive.

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