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