U.S. Bond Market’s Biggest Buyers Are Selling Like Never Before

  • Central banks have cut Treasuries for three straight quarters
  • Pullback may be a sign the bond market is at a tipping point

They’ve long been one of the most reliable sources of demand for U.S. government debt.

But these days, foreign central banks have become yet another worry for investors in the world’s most important bond market.

Holders like China and Japan have culled their stakes in Treasuries for three consecutive quarters, the most sustained pullback on record, based on the Federal Reserve’s official custodial holdings. The decline has accelerated in the past three months, coinciding with the recent backup in U.S. bond yields.

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