First-World BONDS at Bargain-Basement Prices
The Treasury plans to borrow $171 billion between January and March to pay for rebuilding after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, $27 billion more than in last year's first quarter.Coupled with the recent news about the US hitting its debt ceiling this March and raising it yet again, the stage is set for bond buyers to clean house, while taxpayers get stuck footing the interest bill.
The Treasury's auction of $13 billion of five-year notes on Jan. 11 drew the least demand since April.According to the laws of supply and demand, when there are too many prostitutes on a corner, each prostitute has to do more tricks for every dollar.
Companies added to the strain with a record $37.9 billion of bond sales last week.
"I don't want to get overly bearish," Ted Ake, co-head of U.S. Treasury trading at Mizuho Securities USA Inc. in New York, said Jan. 12. "But we're getting a ton of supply, and not just Treasuries."
The BOND market is no different. You're welcome to comparison shop; the US will beat any country on the planet, guaranteed - or your money back!
"We are at a tipping point now where people may decide yields should go higher and more supply may increase the chances of that."They pay LESS to exploit us MORE. Is your blood boiling, yet?
Yields are too low given interest-rate futures show traders expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point at its next two meetings
"Traders normally try to use the supply story to push rates higher," George Goncalves, a fixed-income strategist in New York at Banc of America...[one of] the 22 primary dealers of U.S. government securities that are obligated to bid at the Treasury's debt auctions.Obligated?!! Poor Boa! Just doing its duty under the law.
And this is just the beginning.
Companies may increase the supply of debt. Banc of America strategists said corporate bond sales may reach $90 billion this month, the most since May 2001, as borrowers rush to sell ahead of the Treasury and before the Federal Reserve meets.I bet! Who could resist such a sweet deal?
The success of coming auctions depends on demand from foreign investors, who hold about 52 percent of U.S. government debt, said J&W Seligman's Mahony, who is "inclined to be a buyer" of Treasuries.
And please, tell me, when is a bond auction ever 'successful' for American citizens?
Indirect bidders, which include foreign central banks, bought 28.5 percent of last week's five-year note auction, down from 44 percent in December.44%!!! Slaves, meet your masters.
And that's not all, folks. Not only do they get all the money, they get all the guarantees.
The [Treasury's] bid-to-cover ratio, a measure of demand, [which averaged $2.5] for the past 12 auctions, posted [its] biggest two-day slide in a month after the government received $2.10 of bids for every $1 sold of the five-year notes.
"The results are mediocre at best," Rick Klingman, head of U.S. Treasury trading at primary dealer ABN Amro Inc. in New York, said after the auction. "Given the amount of corporate supply coming and the refunding announcement around the corner, it's not a good sign."
Refunding announcement? Look beyond the rhetoric, people. This is NOT 'free-market' capitalism.
This is controlled VULTURE capitalism. We are captive audiences being bled by our own governments.