Germany borrows for free; euro to one-year low

Germany today raised just over €4B of two-year money, with the notes priced to yield 0.00%. Demand was strong, totaling nearly €8.3B.

The sale comes amid geopolitical risk and the slowdown in the European economy, bringing forth the possibility of further stimulus from the ECB.

This isn't the first time two-year borrowing costs have fallen so far. Amid the debt crisis two years ago, investors paid Germany to lend it money, accepting a negative 0.06% yield at an auction.

The euro is down 0.25% to $1.3288, it lowest level in about a year.


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  • Philip Marlowe
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    I do not get it. Why would someone buy bonds with 0 yield? Why not keep the cash?
    20 Aug 2014, 11:16 AM Reply Like
  • Humble Value Miner
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    it's a bet on the Deutsche Mark (after Euro collapse). But if you'd really know what is hidden in German banks, and where German export will go in case of Euro collapse, you won't want to bet on Deutsche Mark. I guess somebody "must" do it anyway, as hedging.
    20 Aug 2014, 04:49 PM Reply Like
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