Italy Now Considering Long Duration Bonds

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Mark Melin
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Long duration bonds are again the popular trend, as Italy is now reported to be engaged in planning to join Spain, France, Belgium and Petrobras in offering investors long-dated interest rate exposure. What me worry? Repayment in full on long duration bonds not an apparent investor issue With sovereign bond terms across Europe rising to an average of 6.6 years, Italy is currently testing the waters for long duration bonds that mature in the year 2066, the Financial Times reported. A fifty-year term on a bond exposes investors to significant duration risk, particularly with sovereign nations that are approaching mathematical…

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Mark Melin is an alternative investment practitioner whose specialty is recognizing the impact of beta market environment on a technical trading strategy. A portfolio and industry consultant, wrote or edited three books including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade’s Handbook of Futures and Options (McGraw-Hill 2008) and taught a course at Northwestern University's executive education program.