Do Sovereign Downgrades Matter?

Speculation continues to build that another major credit rating agency will downgrade the US this year. What impact, if any, would further sovereign downgrades have on the capital markets?

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Where Are US Treasury Bond Yields Headed?

US Treasury bond yields have crashed to record lows in 2011. Sovereign-debt worries in Europe, concerns about the slowing economy and the Federal Reserve’s commitment to low rates have all boosted demand for Treasuries, and thus depressed their yields. Can Treasury yields really go any lower? Or should we be worried about a rapid bounce off current, historically low levels?

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