Covered Short Position in US Treasury Bonds

Today I covered my short position in the December contract of 30 year US Treasury bonds futures at $113.89. I initially sold the contract last Thursday for $118.29. This was only a small short term trade to play some lessening of fear after the US and Europe announced they would recapitalize the banking system. Although today’s stock market plunge seems to indicate that the market remains as fearful as last Friday, Treasury bonds have taken the hit that I expected. This may be due to concern about the huge supply of bonds that the US government will have to issue to finance all these bailouts. In any case, for the first time I am sitting almost entirely in cash and awaiting new opportunities. In volatile markets like these, I don’t expect to wait long.

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