Higher bond yields put AREITs under pressure

As long-term government bond rates rise, they're forcing reconsideration of the A-REIT market.

Despite a falling official cash rate, the 10-year Australian government bond yield is rising. And higher yield on government bonds relates to higher borrowing rates for the government and often acts as a benchmark for longer term corporate debt.

On Friday we saw most of the property index tumble, showing signs the government bond yield benchmark is beginning to influence the market.

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