Demand for US treasuries declines as Trump proposes to “renegotiate” the NAFTA

27/04/201720/04/2017 ChangeYear to Date
BLOM Bond Index (BBI)*106.49106.66-0.16%4.51%
Weighted Yield**5.75%5.71%0.61%-14%
Weighted Spread***4214200.24%-19%


27/04/201720/04/2017Weekly Change
JP Morgan EMBI778.88776.790.27%
5Y LEB5.42%5.49%-7
10Y LEB6.56%6.48%8
5Y US1.81%1.78%3
10Y US2.30%2.24%6
5Y SPREAD361371-10
10Y SPREAD4264242


The BLOM Bond Index (BBI) slightly fell by 0.16% in the past week to settle at 106.49 points on April 27, 2017. The Lebanese index was outpaced by the JP Morgan Emerging Markets’ Bond Index (EMBI), which rose by 0.27% to 778.88 points over the week.

Demand for Lebanese Eurobonds maturing in 5 years increased over the past week as yields fell from 5.49% on 20/04/2017 to 5.42% on 27/04/2017, while demand for Lebanese Eurobonds maturing in 10 years contracted over the same period, with yields rising from 6.48% on 20/04/2017 to 6.56% on 27/04/2017.

In the USA, even though Trump renewed his pledge to slash personal and corporate tax rates leaving many unanswered questions in the market this week (Apr.26th), demand for safe-haven US treasuries remained low. Market sentiment was lifted upon Trump’s decision not to terminate the NAFTA, but instead renegotiate its terms with Mexico and Canada, which encouraged investors to invest in stocks on the expense of treasuries.

Hence, demand for treasuries dropped as revealed by the rise in yields on the 5 Year and 10 Year notes from 1.78% and 2.24% on 20/04/2017 to 1.81% and 2.3% on 27/04/2017, respectively.

The 5 year spread between the Lebanese Eurobonds’ yields and the US treasuries fell by 10 basis points (bps) to stand at 361 bps, while the 10 year spread broadened slightly by 2 bps to stand at 426 bps on 27/04/2017.

5 Year Credit Default Swaps, Mid-Prices (in basis points)


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