Benchmark 10-year Japanese government bonds are trading with a negative yield for the first time since November.
The lower yield — which moves inversely to a bond’s price — has been driven by demand for safer Japanese assets amid geo-political tensions with North Korea.
This chart shows the moves:
The negative yield is also a direct result of Japan’s unconventional monetary stimulus measures. Last year, the Bank of Japan announced that it had a stated target of keeping the yield on 10-year bonds at around 0%.
Global bond yields remain broadly compressed, as higher inflation in developed economies hasn’t materialised this year as expected.
At current rates of 2.16%, benchmark US 10-year treasuries are also trading at the same level as last November, after climbing as high as 2.6% in March.