Sep 18 2009
Dollar Carry Traded by Germany
There’s been talk in the markets about the increasing use of the dollar in carry trade strategies (even the pound is being thrown into that discussion as well). It’s interesting that we’re not just talking about banks and money managers and that sort involved here. Germany and Austria have taken advantage of the lower US rates by issuing dollar-denominated debt. As this Bloomberg article indicates, the swap rates are such that issuing in dollars is about 25bps cheaper than doing so in euros.
If you’re wondering what the big carry trade is right now, look no further than AUD/USD.
Here are some other posts which might interest you:
- The Fed buying notes and bonds concerns me
- More market craziness – negative swap spreads
- A New Dollar Pattern Developing
- Goldbugs, Please Do a Better Job Convincing Me!
- No Crowding Out Effect