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Warren Buffett: Bonds Very Overvalued
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Buffett would short 20- and 30-year bonds

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May 5, 2015: Yesterday the 30-year US Treasury bond paid 2.88%, just a few tenths above historical lows.  Warren Buffett is best known for long-term investments in stocks, but he also makes bets in the fixed income market such as loans to Goldman Sachs and GE during the financial crisis..  Yesterday I watched Warren Buffett on CNBC say1:
  • "I think that bonds are very overvalued." 
  • "If I had an easy way, and a non-risk way, of shorting a whole lot of 20- or 30-year bonds, I'd do it."

On why he is not short bonds:

  • "But that's not my game, and it can't be done in the kind of quantity that would make sense for us. But I think that bonds are very overvalued. I'll put it that way."
Historical 30-Year Treasury Bond Rates
Feb 1, 1977 through this week  
30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Average in the United States

Recent Rates
2015-05-04: 2.88
2015-05-01: 2.82
2015-04-30: 2.75
2015-04-29: 2.76
2015-04-28: 2.68
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Note 1.  Verification of Buffett's comments: BUFFETT: 'I think that bonds are very overvalued'
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