Greenspan Sees No Stock Excess, Warns of Bond Bubble
New York: Equity bears hunting for excess in the stockmarketmightbebetter off worrying about bond prices, Alan Greenspan says. That’s wheretheactualbubbleis, and when it pops, it’ll be bad for everyone. “By any measure, real long-term interest rates are much too low and therefore unsustainable,” the former Federal Reserve chairman, 91, said in an interview. “When they move higher they are likely to move reasonably fast. We are experiencing a bubble, not in stock prices but in bond prices. This is not discounted in the marketplace.”
While the consensus of Wall Street forecasters is still for low rates to persist, Greenspan isn’t alone in warning they will break higher quickly as the era of global central-bank monetary accommodation ends. Deutsche Bank AG’s Binky Chadha says real Treasury yields sit far below where actual growth levels suggest they should be. Tom Porcelli, chief US economist at RBC Capital Markets, says it’s only a matter of time before inflationary pressures hit the bond market.