This is pretty self-explanatory.
Investors who bought notes due February 2018 on March 17, just after the Fed helped arrange the bailout of Bear Stearns Cos., have lost 6.2 percent, according to Bloomberg data.
The 10-year note, at 4.25 percent, yields no more than the inflation rate, leaving investors with real returns near zero. Consumer prices have exceeded 10-year yields by an average of 36 basis points since December, Bloomberg data show. In 1980, inflation reached a 33-year high of 14.8 percent and yields averaged 11.4 percent.
`Out of the Bottle’
Yields on 10-year notes had dropped to an almost five-year low of 3.28 percent on March 17, after the Fed cut the discount rate at an emergency weekend meeting and backed JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s deal to buy Bear Stearns Cos. Rates on three-month bills plunged to 0.39 percent, the lowest since the 1950s, the same day as investors sought the safety of the shortest maturity government debt.
Consumer prices advanced 4.2 percent in May from a year earlier, the Labor Department said June 13. The rate was above the median forecast of 3.9 percent in a Bloomberg survey of economists, and the highest since January.
Economists at New York-based Morgan Stanley say inflation will reach 5 percent to 5.5 percent this summer, the highest since 1991.
“The global inflation genie is out of the bottle,’’ Morgan Stanley analysts led by Joachim Fels, co-head of global economics, said in a June 11 report. Even if the pace moderates in coming months, “we are likely to see higher average inflation rates,’’ they said. Inflation averaged 3.1 percent during the past two decades.
Inflation is also eliminating the rewards of owning U.S. stocks. Standard & Poor’s 500 Index shares yield 0.2 percentage point more in profits than the interest on 10-year notes, the smallest advantage since 2004, data compiled by Bloomberg show. The last time corporate earnings returned less than bonds, the index posted its biggest monthly decline in five years.
“What did you say? You wanted us to buy more US assets?”
Oh, and I forgot to mention, this is in straight dollar terms only. You need to also figure in how much the US dollar is going to depreciate against other currencies in the coming ten years.
I wonder how the Chinese government is going to explain this to Chinese citizens, since it is their official responsibility to protect Chinese investments and assets? And that the situation, particularly re inflation, is going to get much worse before it gets better?
And it really doesn’t matter who becomes US president either, at least with regard to this set of issues.
Not even a US president can do anything about this.