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Treasury Bonds Outperforming Corporate Bonds: A Closer Look

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An in-depth analysis of the current trend in treasury bond performance.

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(Reuters) - ANZ Group Holdings said on Monday Australia's corporate regulator is investigating the lender for suspected violation of laws in executing transactions related to treasury bonds. This news comes at a time when the global bond market is experiencing a shift in performance, with government bonds outperforming corporate bonds in recent times.

ANZ was appointed by the AOFM, which manages the Australian government's debt portfolio, to act as a risk manager in relation to the treasury bonds. The investigation into the suspected violations raises questions about the integrity of the bond market and the role of financial institutions in managing government debt.

It's been at least a century since corporate bonds have outperformed government bonds to the degree that has been happening now. This trend has caught the attention of investors and analysts alike, as they try to make sense of the changing dynamics in the bond market.

China's credit in April shrank for the first time as government bond sales slowed, while loan expansion was worse than expected in a sign of economic challenges. This has led the Chinese government to seek alternative sources of funding, including issuing special ultra-long term treasury bonds.

Chinese Premier Li Qiang said the funds raised will be used to support mega projects and sectors that align with key strategic development goals. This move is seen as a way to stimulate economic growth and provide stability in the face of uncertain market conditions.

State media article on Wednesday says it is 'certain' that China's central bank will participate in treasury bond trading amid better market conditions. This signals a vote of confidence in the government's ability to manage its debt obligations and maintain financial stability.

China's finance ministry will hold a meeting on Monday with key market players to discuss issuance of special ultra-long term treasury bonds. This meeting is expected to provide further insight into the government's strategy for managing its debt and stimulating economic growth.

China plans to issue 20-year, 30-year, and 50-year treasuries worth 300 billion yuan, 600 billion yuan, and 100 billion yuan, respectively. This move is part of a broader effort to diversify the country's debt portfolio and attract investors looking for long-term investment opportunities.

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