Monday, March 25, 2013

Japan 10-Year Bond Yield lowest in almost a decade

Japan’s bonds rose, sending 10-year and 20-year yields to the lowest in almost a decade, amid speculation Bank of Japan (8301) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda will use parliament testimony tomorrow to outline new easing steps.

The extra yield investors demand to hold 10-year bonds instead of 3-year notes narrowed to the least since June 2003 on prospects the BOJ will buy longer-dated securities. At his inaugural press conference as BOJ chief last week, Kuroda reiterated a pledge to achieve a 2 percent price target. The 30- year yield dropped to a 2 1/2-year low.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year note touched 0.55 percent, the lowest since June 2003, before trading unchanged at 0.555 percent as of 3:30 p.m. in Tokyo, according to Japan Bond Trading Co., the nation’s largest interdealer debt broker. The all-time low for the 10-year rate is 0.43 percent, also reached in June 2003.

The 20-year rate fell 4 1/2 basis points, or 0.045 percentage point, to 1.44 percent, after earlier touching 1.43 percent, the least since July 2003. Yields on 30-year bonds dropped six basis point to 1.55 percent, a level unseen since August 2010.

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