Long-term bond ETFs in both the Treasury and muni markets jumped sharply today, as the yield curve flattened amid a broad-based rush to safety.
The $2.9 billion iShares Barclays 20-Year Treasury ETF (NYSEArca:TLT) was trading up more than 2 percent at 3 p.m. EDT, on more than twice its average daily trading volume. It is now up more than 12 percent in August. Other long-term Treasury ETFs delivered similar returns.
Rising prices were concentrated at the long end of the Treasury curve. The iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury ETF (NYSEArca:IEF), for instance, was up just 0.56 percent, while the iShares Barclays Short Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca:SHV) was trading flat for the day.
A similar spread was seen in the municipals market, where the Market Vectors Long Municipal Index ETF (NYSEArca:MLN) was up 1.06 percent, while its short-term counterpart (NYSEArca:SMB) was up just 0.85 percent
The S&P 500, for reference, was trading down 5.03 percent at 3 p.m. EDT.
Bond prices rise when yields fall. Todayâs rush to safety has pushed yields down sharply, with the 10-year Treasury note falling below 2 percent for the first time ever.
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