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Posted by on Aug 4, 2011 in Europe, Markets, TG Roundup, USA

Financial Market Update (Red Alert): Short-Term Yields Going Negative

Trading in FTSE:MIB suspended (Aug 4)

Short-Term Yields Going Negative

In simple English, it means that you have to PAY THE BANK TO KEEP YOUR money. This kind of imbalance happens in extreme panic situations.Via Zero Hedge:

The stunner in this morning’s newsflow (the long, long overdue market collapse which is a much needed catalyst for QE3 should not surprise anyone), comes out of the WSJ which has just reported that the Bank of New York has informed institutional clients it will begin charging a fee of 13 bps on deposits in excess of 110% of the client’s monthly average. This is nothing short of outright terrorism to get everyone out of cash and into fiat-based ponzi products. Such as Short Term Bills. Indeed, as was reported earlier the 3 Month bill just hit zero. But you ain’t seen nothing yet. As Credit Suisse strategist Ira Jersey reports, courtesy of Bloomberg,  “If this is true then we’re likely to see short-end interest rates actually go negative. By what degree depends on who else follows and how much money is involved.” Cue unpredictable consequences of a totally broken bond market. What happens next will likely make the market dislocations following Lehman like a breezy walk in the park.

Last time this happened, I believe September 2008, soon after Lehman filed for bankruptcy. We all know what happened afterwards.

Folks, I hope I am not sounding like an alarmist. But, this is happening too fast and the markets are imploding. Trading in FTSE: MIB (Italian stock index) has been suspended today as it tanked. [Market triggers got triggered.]

Take necessary steps.


  1. I am out.. ! The Worst is yet to come.

    • Prashanth with an “h” – if what you said about your luck is correct, the market doldrums should be over – correct? 🙂

  2. Thank you for the headsup. It is really scary. Time to watch what we are doing (if anything) in the market.