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So bond rates are not ‘lower for longer’


So bond rates are not ‘lower for longer’

For most of 2016, we have warned investors about the dangers of accepting historically low bond rates as the ‘new normal’. The reality is that US 10-year rates lower than at any time since George Washington was sworn in as the first President of the United States is anything but normal.


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Roger is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Montgomery Investment Management. Roger brings more than two decades of investment and financial market experience, knowledge and relationships to bear in his role as Chief Investment Officer. Prior to establishing Montgomery, Roger held positions at Ord Minnett Jardine Fleming, BT (Australia) Limited and Merrill Lynch.


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  1. Hi Roger,

    Do you think there’s much chance of the big four banks unilaterally increasing their variable rates on the back of increasing cost of funds? Clearly this is one signal that may snap property investors out of their frenzy.



    • Karl, I do.

      Why ? Because the US will raise interest rates, if not in December, then soon after (Trump did not like Yellen’s stance on this) and the banks will pass this on because their “pool” of domestic funds is not big enough, hence they rely on sourcing funds from overseas to lend out here.

      This is nothing new and was used as a reason by the banks approximately three years ago as to why Westpac couldn’t pass on the full rate cut. This means that any rate rises will also get passed onto us, especially given their margins are getting squeezed. The banks will do so out of step with the RBA.

  2. Hi Roger

    Will higher bond rates be detrimental to high P/E companies like REA too? If rates go up asset values go down, including real estate. Some other companies with high P/E ratios have fallen considerably also.

    • As I mention, in a rising bond rate environment, the ‘P’ in the P/E ratio declines, so investors need to invest in businesses where the ‘E’ in the P/E ratio compensates by going up.

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