The False Economist

Friday, May 27, 2011

David Cottle asks "Are These Havens Really the Safest Places to Go"?

David Cottle in the Wall Street Journal looks at the so-called safe havens of the bond markets (i.e.US, Swiss, Japanese and German bonds) and wonders why in times of downturn these bonds are perceived as being less risky despite their connection to the global downturn (Germany's funding of it's Eurozone partners bailouts) or their own endogenous problems ( US debt, Japan's stagnant economy).

Cottle highlights a report by UBS which concludes that, to some extent at least, this may be investors from these safe havens coming home to roost by investing back in domestic bonds after having invested abroad during times of global growth.

Article here.

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