Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Playing the US Bond


Someone dropped a bomb on the bond market Thursday - a $1 billion Armageddon trade betting the United States will lose its AAA credit rating.

The massive trade wasn't placed in bonds themselves; it was placed in the futures market.

The trade was for block trades of 5,370 10-year Treasury futures executed at 124-03 and 3,100 Treasury bond futures executed at 125-01

Well, $1Bn ain't that much, but the leverage means a 10-to-1 payout .......if the bet is correct.


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