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Hedge funds are buying into Treasuries as yield hovers around 2%

Monday, October 19, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Hedge funds and large speculators are stocking up on U.S. Treasuries 10-year notes as yield on the benchmark hovers near 2%, data showed.

A report by Bloomberg says that in the week to Oct. 13, hedge funds and speculators held a net 17,692 bullish positions in U.S. government bonds, compared to the 2,543 net bearish contracts in the previous period.

U.S. debt has rallied in the past month, while bets that the Fed will make its first interest rate increase since 2006 this year declined, the report says.

"It’s mainly the Fed, and not really knowing when they’re going to start tightening that is keeping yields suppressed," Janu Chan, an economist at St. George Bank Ltd. in Sydney, told Bloomberg. "Low inflation is allowing the Fed time to delay, and it also increases the chances that they’ll really go gradually."

Figures come from the latest Commitment of Traders (COT) data released by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Friday. Investing.com added, "For the week, the overall standing long positions in 10-year futures rose by +20,024 contracts and combined with a fall in the short positions by -211 contracts to register the overall net change......................

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