Email of the day on the Bank of England's support action
Comment of the Day

September 28 2022

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Email of the day on the Bank of England's support action

I just read the article below, and am surprised that pension funds take (or are allowed to take) leveraged positions. If the positions are for hedging, then should they not have the full cash to take delivery? Your views would be invaluable.

An interesting chart is attached. The extent of loss on a 40-year UKT issued last year!

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Eoin Treacy's view

Thank you for this informative email and the chart of the 40-year Gilt. The fact I received this same chart from several sources today is an indication of how momentous it is for a developed country long-dated bond to trade at 20p on the pound. Last year was a great time to issue a 40-year bond so kudos to the Treasury department. The measures announced by the Bank of England to backstop the market were necessary but come at a significant cost.

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