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  • Geopolitical tension has pushed investors away from Russian debt.
  • “The fear of sanctions is as bad as sanctions themselves. The fear is: what could you do with Russian assets if sanctions get ratcheted up?” Kieran Curtis, a portfolio manager at Standard Life Investments,said in a Reuters article.
  • Increased interest in Eurozone debt has pushed yields in European bonds to record lows, the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • Economists, though, warn of three concerns, including high debt burdens, reform fatigue and potential weakness in the event of another crisis.
  • European Central Bank’s promise to do “whatever it takes” to protect the euro has helped support the European bond market, writes Raoul Ruparel for Forbes.
  • European bonds are also strengthening on the low inflation environment.

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Max Chen contributed to this article.