German, Italian and Spanish government bond yields hit record lows
The yield on German, Italian and Spanish 10-year government bonds fell to new record lows on Tuesday, the day after the ECB began a massive bond-buying programme to ward off deflation in the eurozone.
The rate of return to investors on 10-year German government bonds fell to 0.279 percent from 0.312 percent on Monday.
The yield on 10-year Italian government bonds fell to 1.220 percent from 1.280 percent and those of Spain to 1.231 percent from 1.275 percent.
The European Central Bank launched on Monday a so-called quantitative easing (QE) programme that will see it buy 60 billion euros of eurozone government and corporate bonds through next September.
The ECB hopes that by buying bonds off investors they will invest the money elsewhere, thus boosting growth and preventing a dangerous cycle of falling prices from setting in.
Eurozone bond yields have been falling in recent weeks to record lows as investors anticipated the increased demand from ECB purchases.
The yield on French 10-year bonds was at 0.568 percent in morning trading, above the record low of 0.521 percent set in January.
Greek bonds are not benefitting from the decline in yields due to a new spike in concerns over its finances as well as Greek debt not being included in the QE programme.
© 2015 AFP