As the US continues to rise interest rates up to 3x this year, is it time that a true bear market in fixed income has come to fruition? Are the "safe" government bonds becoming one of the worst asset classes to be in? I would say it is up there, with the exception of tech and anything blockchain.
It takes some basic algebra to figure out if bond prices will go up or down based on interest rate increases or decreases the PRESENT VALUE (Price) of the bond. In short, interest rates rise and prices fall, interest rates decrease prices increases. For most bonds, depending on default risk, upon maturity you are paid the face value. You have security in your principle if you can afford to wait. Another interesting component is that the longer the yield to maturity of the bond, the more sensitive to rises and falls in interest rates.
So with some Bonds 101 behind us, let me give you the trade. I propose that based on the projection that if interest rates rise three times this year as forecasted by the market, long term bond prices will decline in the short term (1-2 years), so I propose that, given the sentiment in the expectation of further increases in interest rates we short #TLT, a 20+ Year Govt Bond sponsored by iShares.
Some things to be wary of:
If equity markets continue to fall, say to 20% down from highs, this could cause the to STOP increasing rates. (speculation on my behalf)
As well, if the markets do fall and firms start to go under (smaller scale 2008), don't be suprised if they start to bail firms out, look at how rich it made the government after 2008...
Dodd Frank requires banks to be able to withstand up to 10% unemployment, $383 Billion in loan losses, as well as " heightened stress in corporate loan markets and commercial real estate." A fianancial collapse is probably not out of the question, but I'm saying that if any of the above scenarios start to play out, this trade would be out the window.
So yeah, bold bet for sure, but might be something to think about. Please, tell me where you think I could be wrong.