Author Topic: and the takeaway from this article is???  (Read 646 times)


  • Walrus Stache
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Re: and the takeaway from this article is???
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2020, 11:59:29 AM »
Normally the most liquid investment in the world is US Treasuries.  But the buyers and sellers started to move apart, creating a wider gap between them.  Volume was drying up - the market was malfunctioning.

The Fed stepped in to provide liquidity, to buy US Treasuries that everyone wants to sell.  If you look at the graph of today's market, the U.S. market was down about -8% for a few hours, then suddenly popped upwards to -5%.  That pop was caused by the Fed's action - I watched it in real time, as the US Treasury guy at CNBC reported it in real time, as a new update.

So it means a malfunction has been fixed.  For me, that also means the Fed has intervened twice outside of their normal meetings recently (the 0.50% rate cut, now 1.5T of liquidity).  And the U.S. stock market has triggered two market halts by dropping -7% during one day's trading.  That's at least a fairly definitive signal this isn't normal market activity, given how rarely any of those events happen.


  • Pencil Stache
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Re: and the takeaway from this article is???
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2020, 09:06:24 PM »
thanks for the explanation.

how does this impact bond prices and yields? i'm mostly curious because i moved some money recently out of equities and into vanguard short term bond index VBIRX


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