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Bond Traders Suffer Worst Rout in Three Years as Selloff Deepens

  • Yields reach multi-month highs in Germany, U.K., U.S.
  • Corporate issuers undeterred, sell $62 billion of debt
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Bonds on Track for Worst Month Since 2013

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After all central bankers have done since the financial crisis to prop up bond prices, it didn’t take much for them to send the global debt market reeling.

Bonds worldwide lost 2.9 percent this month through Oct. 27, according to the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index, which tracks everything from sovereign obligations to mortgage-backed debt to corporate borrowings. The last time the bond world was dealt such a blow was May 2013, when then-Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke signaled the central bank might slow its unprecedented bond buying.