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ChartBrief #53 - The Search For Yield

January 31, 2017

One of the buzz phrases of the post-crisis, low bond yields, QE world has been "the search for yield" and to be fair it has been a major theme with a tide of flows lifting all boats across yield assets.  It has also created potentially a lot of risk and exposure for investors at a time where it seems the tide is turning for global bond yields.  With yield oriented ETF assets having grown substantially over the past decade, there is growing exposure to rising bond yields, and things could get interesting if yield appetite suddenly fades.


Yield oriented ETF assets have continued to climb as investors seek income.


The median bond yield across global sovereign bond markets looks like it has put in a head and shoulders pattern which is a key trend-reversal signal.



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