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BOE Can’t Part Investors From Long Bonds as QE Hits Snag

  • Second operation of expanded buying fails to reach target
  • Longer bonds ‘a really difficult area’: Aberdeen’s Hickmore
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Why Low Rates Are Making Long-Term Investors Struggle

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The Bank of England’s expanded quantitative-easing program ran into a stumbling block on just its second day as investors proved unwilling to part with their holdings of longer-dated bonds.

The central bank failed to buy enough gilts to reach its stated goal at an operation on Tuesday -- the first such failure since it initially started quantitative easing in 2009. The yield on 10- and 30-year bonds fell to records after the operation. The BOE, led by Governor Mark Carney, said on Wednesday that it will incorporate the 52 million-pound shortfall into the second half of the six-month program.