The recent turmoil in the bond market presents a promising opportunity for investors to earn substantial returns on U.S. government debt. UBS Global Wealth Management suggests that owners of 10-year Treasury BX:TMUBMUSD10Y notes, currently yielding around 4.5%, could potentially achieve up to 20% in total returns over the course of a year if the U.S. economy experiences a recession.
The key factor in this equation would be a significant rally in U.S. debt, as investors seek safety in the approximately $25 trillion treasury market. UBS Global Wealth Management’s team, led by Solita Marcelli, Chief Investment Officer Americas, explains that “U.S. yields remain well above long-term equilibrium levels, providing scope for them to fall as the macroeconomic outlook becomes more supportive for bonds.”
UBS Global Wealth Management’s base-case scenario anticipates the 10-year Treasury yield to decline to 3.5% within 12 months, with a possibility of easing back to 4% in an optimistic growth scenario. In a downside scenario involving a U.S. recession, the economy’s benchmark rate may plummet as low as 2.75%. This forecast translates into total returns of 14% in the base case, 10% in the upside economic scenario, and a potential 20% in the downside scenario.
It is evident that the bond market’s recent carnage has set the stage for a compelling opportunity for investors to capitalize on U.S. government debt and potentially earn significant returns.
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Market Performance in September
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) experienced a 3.1% decline in September, as of Friday. Similarly, the S&P 500 index (SPX) recorded a 4.4% decrease, while the Nasdaq Composite Index (COMP) saw a significant 5.3% drop for the month.