Gold firm after 3-day slide

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Mullarkey contemplates that ten year yield could climb as high as 3.5% by next year. And that's thrown a wrinkle into the discussion, particularly when it comes to equities. Larry Hatheway, chief economist and head of investment solutions at GAM Investments said that rates are rising in a global fashion.

Between February 15 and March 29, the nominal interest rates dropped modestly and both components of the nominal rates also fell modestly. "The rising bond yields in the U.S. should keep the dollar supported as the market looks forward to two or three more rate increases from the Federal Reserve this year", said Fawad Razaqzada, market analyst at

In the third and fourth quarter this year we will probably move to a point where for the first time in five to seven years central banks will no longer be net buyers of government bonds as the QE is reversed, driven by the (gradual) unwinding of the Fed's balance sheet whereby the Fed has effectively started to de-print money an that should continue in the coming five years at least.

But higher yields on bonds make gold a less attractive investment because it pays no interest. The shares fell 6.2 percent. "That's where we think we are right now".

The reports caused some interday long positions to buckle but the news was quickly digested as little more than wishful thinking, and institutional investors bid back with a vengeance taking Oil prices to 3-year highs. It has recently come under pressure during the recent sessions because of the fizzling out of global trade tensions and geopolitical risks. These emerging market countries run account deficits.

For Americans, that means borrowing costs are on the way up. Rising consumer and business spending is usually good for corporate profits - and when investors expect rising profits, they drive stock prices up.

The Nasdaq composite dropped 121.25 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 7,007.35, while the S&P 500 index sank 35.73 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 2,634.56. "Stating the obvious, high debt levels along with higher interest rates is not the best combination". But this is not a great investing strategy for individuals. Inflation is a general increase in prices, not one price rising.

"When everyone has been talking about whether higher rates impact the economy, the more important thing is how it will impact leverage", Maley said by phone.

Kuroda has stuck to his well worn dovish script overnight but this is old news, and the USDJPY continues to climb due to the USA dollar bid while triggers some stops along the way above 108.30 level.

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According to Satoshi Okagawa, higher U.S. yields can pressure currencies of emerging market countries like Indonesia and India.

The 10-year US Treasury yield moved up to 2.96% yesterday and is now at its highest level since late 2013.

But others argue that Treasury yields should be going up, because the U.S. economy is in good shape. The continuation of this dynamic would paint a mixed, but positive, picture for risk assets. Real yields in Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan are negative. "Stocks should like the stronger growth environment, but dollar strength and higher real yields imply tighter financial conditions, providing some offset".

Yields have also grown at the short end of the curve. An advancing greenback tends to weigh on commodity prices, and the jump in West Texas Intermediate prices has been the key driver of the advance in breakeven inflation rates.

Dai-Ichi Life Insurance Co. has joined Daido Life Insurance Co. and Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance planning to buy foreign debt without hedging.

The two-year yield in the meantime rose to 2.50 percent for the first time since September 2008 amid bets the Federal Reserve would raise short-term rates further due to an improving US economy, Reuters reported.

The Bond markets are now within a whisker of testing the critical technical and psychological 3% ten-year level. He urged investors not to panic in a note to clients Tuesday.

Platinum was 0.5 percent lower at $916.50 an ounce, while silver was up 0.7 percent at $16.64 an ounce after falling over 3 percent in the previous session. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.99 percent and peaked at 3 percent.