The bond market (also known as the debt, credit, or fixed income market) is a financial market where participants buy and sell debt securities, usually in the form of bonds. As of 2009, the size of the worldwide bond market (total debt outstanding) is an estimated $82.2 trillion.
Bond market usually refers to the government bond market, because of its size, liquidity, lack of credit risk and, therefore, sensitivity to interest rates. Because of the inverse relationship between bond valuation and interest rates, the bond market is often used to indicate changes in interest rates or the shape of the yield curve.
Bond markets in most countries remain decentralized and lack common exchanges like stock, future and commodity markets. This has occurred, in part, because no two bond issues are exactly alike, and the number of different securities outstanding is far larger.
European Bond Market Situation
The currently healthy European bond market and an increase, particularly in the issuance of corporate bonds, have caused investors and issuers to make greater profit.
The secondary bond market’s high level of liquidity has also contributed to profits made and, at present, primary and secondary bond markets are merging at an increasing rate.
Due to the recent financial unification in Europe, the market for sovereign and private sector bonds are being regarded as one entity.
European Bond Yield
After the creation of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), yields from various bonds have consolidated significantly, however, the yields from sovereign bonds issued by EMU are not as great as expected.
European Bond Market Status
The standing of the Euro as the strongest currency, has led the European bond market to be regarded as one of the top in the world.
Last Updated on : 10th July 2013