Why all bonds are not created equal

New research into government bonds explains why some countries can sustain much higher levels of debt without market pressure, while others risk sudden investor exits.

Tracking who owns what, when and for how long can shed some light on potential risks in advanced economies’ government debt markets.

Mind the investor base

Regardless of their level of debt, some countries are more at risk of sudden investor outflows, and associated spikes in government borrowing costs, based on the risk characteristics of their investor base.

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