Economic sentiment is improving. That’s a positive for the markets, but it’s been bad news for Treasury exchange traded funds (ETFs) today.
Portugal stepped forward with a big bond sale to prove that it can still raise money in international markets. The downside to that is that it restored confidence and sent Treasuries tumbling. ETFs like PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury (NYSEArca: ZROZ), Schwab Intermediate-Term U.S. Treasury (NYSEArca: SCHR) and iShares Barclays 20-Year Treasury Bond (NYSEArca: TLT) are down today.
As economic conditions improve, we could see more of the same. And once the Federal Reserve raises interest rates – whenever that is – holders of long-term Treasury bonds could be at risk of losing principal. [Treasury ETF Owners Need a Wake-Up Call.]
On the plus side, short Treasury ETFs are benefiting nicely.
Direxion Daily 30-Year Treasury Bear 3x Shares (NYSEArca: TMV) is up nearly 1% so far today:
While ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (NYSEArca: TBT) is up 1.4% today: