For some perspective on all-important long-term interest rates, today’s chart illustrates the 112-year trend of the 10-year Treasury bond yield (thick blue line). As concerns over government debt as well as a struggling global economy have increased and fears over inflation diminished, investors have moved towards safety resulting in a significant decline of the 10-year Treasury bond yield.
The 10-year yield has declined a fairly dramatic 300+ basis points (i.e. 3%) since the peak of the credit bubble. This decline has brought the 10-year Treasury bond yield to a 112-year monthly low. It is worth noting, however, that the quarter-century downtrend of the 10-year bond yield remains intact and will remain intact even if the 10-year yield were to drop significantly below 1.5% over the near-term.