NEW YORK Nov 23 Investment funds bought the
bulk of the $16 billion U.S. 30-year Treasury bonds sold in
early November during a safe haven buying spree that pushed
long-dated yields to two-month lows, government data released on
The U.S. Treasury Department's allotment data indicated
investment funds bought $7.21 billion at the 30-year bond
auction on Nov. 8, two days after the U.S. presidential election
when Barack Obama won a second term.
This was double the amount this group of investors bought at
the 30-year bond sale held in October.
November's 30-year bond sale was a part of the government's
quarterly refunding, which involved the combined sales of $72
billion in federal debt.
Investment funds, however, purchased fewer three-year and
10-year notes at the refunding than they bought in October,
according to the latest allotment data.
Fund managers and traders have been fearful that Obama and a
divided Congress will fail to reach a deal to avoid the "fiscal
cliff," which is a series of automatic tax rises and spending
cuts worth $600 billion that phase in next year. Economist
believe that such a fiscal contraction would push the United
States into a recession.
In the immediate aftermath of the election, traders and
investors dumped stocks and other risky assets and piled into
the safety of cash and Treasuries.
A week ago, the yield on this 30-year Treasury bond issue
touched 2.695 percent, the lowest since Sept. 5. Its
yield ended on Friday at 2.829 percent.
While investment funds bought 45 percent of the latest
30-year bond supply, other major investor classes purchased
fewer of the bonds than in October, the data showed.
For example, foreign investors and central banks bought $730
million of the latest 30-year issue, down from $1.09 billion in
Wall Street dealers bought $7.94 billion of the issue that
will mature in November 2042, down from $8.64 billion at the