Retarded Question RE: Bond Trading

Hi all,

This will come across as slighly special, and maybe I am overthinking it but was just wondering if someone could help.

If you are a Sov bond trader on the buy side, I.e working at a macro fund. Is your reasoning for buying the govvies for capital appreciation or yield? or both?

Like I remember reading that guys made a killing buying up greek debt and with the decreased risks making money through cap appreciation as yields declined. Is this the main reason? To capitlise on rising and falling yields and thus making money on the change in the par value?

I understand that this is more of a 'fast money' type of strategy Vs. a mutual fund who would most likely be buying for yield.

Cheers - I hope someone can help validate.

Comments (5)

Aug 17, 2013 - 4:51pm
oreos, what's your opinion? Comment below:

They were mainly distressed guys who are now moving into Cypriot international law debt. And potentially the trading of deposits in the banks.

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Aug 18, 2013 - 6:27am
Mont, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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