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kleinbl00  ·  1532 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Matthew Yglesias: Something economists thought was impossible is happening in Europe

Well, "impossible" is a strong term. "Negative interest rates" as described are kind of a derivative of the situation, which has a lot to do with currency arbitrage, HFT shorting and other fiduciary hijinks whereby the world's wealthiest gamblers try to make money off chaos. I read a letter the other day that said anything with a positive value in Greece is a potential short right now because they may not have the ability to make a market in a year.

An increase in the popularity of these bonds indicates an increase in the suspicion that the Eurozone is going to break up. I don't see American bonds going negative because of this, but I'm an armchair guy.

I will say that if you've got a pension, negative interest rates are not your friend.