To many traders and investors, the Bond markets are complex and intimidating. However, if you’re looking for a quality set of trading markets and/or if interest rates matter to you at all then understanding the bond markets is key for your financial well-being. In this article, I want to help simplify the powerful and important Treasury markets for you and focus on three reasons why you may want to pay a little more attention to them.
Trading IncomeBonds and, most importantly, bond and note futures are fantastic trading and investing vehicles. You can trade the bond market through multiple channels including Futures, ETFs, Bond funds and more. The major Bond markets, such as the 10 Year Note and 30 Year Bond in the USA and the Bund and Bobl in Europe are some of the highest volume and most liquid markets you’ll find, which makes for very clean supply and demand levels and great trading, if you know what you’re looking for.
10 Year Note Chart – Daily
Are Interest Rates Part of Your Life?Do you ever borrow money for a home or car? Do you have money invested in bonds? If you answered yes to either of these, you likely have a position in the bond market which is why interest rates are so important to many people.
As the chart above suggests, there is key supply above with demand quite a bit lower. This is key information for someone with an adjustable rate mortgage or someone seeking a high rate of return from bonds. For investors, we would look at supply and demand levels in the larger time frames. During the recent rally in price that you see on the chart, interest rates have been declining. When price reaches that supply level just above, it will likely fall from there meaning interest rates will then go up. This again is key information if you’re about to make a long-term interest rate decision.
Increase Your ProbabilityMost people are aware of the relationship with the Stock and Bond market. Most people think that when Stocks are going higher, Bond prices are going lower and vice versa. This is true some of the time but certainly not always and there are plenty of times when these markets are moving in the same direction.
When trading the stock market or the Index Futures, the Bond market can often help increase our odds of success. The rule we use is as follows: When the S&P, for example, is nearing a demand level, check to see if the Bond market is nearing a supply level. If it is, the S&P now becomes a higher odds buying opportunity. In other words, when both the Stock and Bond market are reaching opposing supply and demand levels and the same time, the odds of prices turning at those levels is very high. This, of course, assumes that you are quantifying supply and demand properly.
Properly forecasting interest rates has such a big impact on your money over your life time. If you’re about to make a big decision in bonds or a loan and need some help, send me an email with your situation. I’ll do my best to help you understand so you can make decisions that are truly best for you and not the person on the other side of your transaction.
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