Stocks Soar, Yields Tumble After Ackman Says He Closed His Bond Short

Back at the start of August, when 10Y TSYs were trading just around 4.00%, Bill Ackman sparked a modest selloff in rates when, without telling the world something it didn’t already know, he tweeted he was shorting 30Y due to “higher levels of long-term inflation including de-globalization, higher defense costs, the energy transition, growing entitlements, and the greater bargaining power of workers” the bond market could “reprice the long end of the curve in a matter of weeks, and this seems like one of those times.”

Just under three months later, the predicted repricing has indeed taken place – largely thanks to an out of control fiscal situation which has seen the US add $600 billion in new debt in the past month – and moments ago Ackman said that he was closing his bond short as “there is too much risk in the world to remain short bonds at current long-term rates”…

… and in a slap to the face of Biden’s Department of goalseeking strong data which is then revised much lower one month later, the billionaire hedge fund manager said that “The economy is slowing faster than recent data suggests.

The market reaction was instantaneous, with 10Y yields – after earlier breaching 5.00% for the first time since 2007 – certifying that they now trade as pennystocks, and tumbling more than 7bps on Ackman’s tweet alone, down to 4.91%.

And with yields suddenly in freefall, risk and duration are aggressively bid and stocks are surging, reversing most of their earlier losses.


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