A nice chart from Goldman makes clear the risk in holding long-term Treasury paper at these...

|By:, SA News Editor

A nice chart from Goldman makes clear the risk in holding long-term Treasury paper at these yields. While a 100 basis points increase in rates hurts anyone holding Treasurys, low yields effectively lengthen a bond's duration, making a rise in rates especially painful. Rates were high enough in the 80s that even a 100 basis point spike in yields still left Treasury owners with a positive return - now that's good risk/reward.