‘Flight to Safety’ Is Back

Andamento del mercato - 06/07/2016

Following a brief spell of risk-on mode returning to the markets, investors shunned risk assets yesterday rushing to the safe haven bids of gold, bonds and the yen. The risk aversion set in and only accelerated after the Bank of England announced cuts to the capital buffer requirements, which is being seen a mini stimulus. By the time the European session opened this morning, gold was seen posting new one-and-half year highs at $1371 per ounce. Investors also rushed to bonds, bidding up prices and sending yields lower. The 10-year US Treasury yields posted a new all time low of 1.36%, while in parts of Europe, such as Switzerland, bond yields fell into the negative.

The markets also grew concerned as investors rushed to pull out funds from UK’s property funds. Trading had to be suspended after nearly three hedge funds in London saw massive investor redemptions in the UK real estate/property markets. The Japanese yen also gained as latest news reports suggested that the Japanese government wasn't too concerned with their currency’s continued appreciation. USDJPY closed below 102.00 yesterday and was seen testing lows of 100.58 by the European open this morning.

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