Slovenia 10-Year Bond Yield Drops to Record on ‘Smooth’ Change

Slovenia’s 10-year bonds gained for a third day, pushing the yield to a record low, on speculation the transition of power following Premier Alenka Bratusek’s resignation will be smooth.

The yield on government euro-denominated bonds due in September 2024 declined three basis points to 3.39 percent at 3:10 p.m. in Ljubljana, the lowest since the debt was sold in 2009, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Slovenia is set for early elections after Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek resigned from her post May 5 following a loss of support from her party. She steered the Adriatic nation away from a potential bailout by repairing the bank industry, initiating an asset-sale program and pledging to reduce the budget that swelled to about 15 percent of gross domestic product last year on bank rescue costs.

“Investors expect the power change to go smoothly and the reform agenda stays unchanged,” Lutz Roehmeyer, who helps manage $1 billion in emerging-market assets, including Slovenian debt, at Germany’s Landesbank Berlin Investment, said in an e-mail today.

The country’s euro-denominated bonds have returned 0.7 percent this month and 9.3 percent in 2014, according to the Bloomberg Slovenia Sovereign Bond (BSLN) Index. That compares gains of 0.2 percent and 5.2 percent for the Bloomberg Eurozone Sovereign Bond Index. (BEUR)

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