Ahaha. Aaaahahaha. Ahaha.

Oh Dear Lord. And these people try to tell us how to run the economy do they?

Americans for Financial Reform ferreted this out in a criminally under-discussed revelation. The Fed reports its corporate bond purchases and loans under the CARES Act to Congress; the most recent one came out September 8. If you go to the trade-level data for bond purchases, you see this very clearly. There’s a par value, a market rate for the bond purchases the Fed is making. It’s paying more than par with virtually every purchase. It bought Altria (the Marlboro and Juul people) bonds at 109.9 percent. It bought Columbia Pipeline group at 116.7 percent. It bought Principal Financial Group at 112 percent. All but a very few of hundreds of purchases totaling tens of billions of dollars are made above par. On average, the price is 107 percent.

These people are too stupid to get up in the morning, aren’t they?

9 thoughts on “Ahaha. Aaaahahaha. Ahaha.”

  1. Inverse relationship between price and yield versus coupon rate. They just haven’t brushed up on their Fabozzi textbooks.

  2. Isn’t the price going up just what happens when the seller knows that it’s a gubmint contract?

    7% on top looks like a remarkably small markup, but maybe I just don’t understand it.

  3. Commander, put simply, bond issued at 10% coupon has a price of par ie 100. Interest rates go down, bond price goes above 100 to compensate/make equivalent that one can now buy 10% income when market yields are now less.

  4. To put it even more intuitively, why should you pay now only 100 for a generous 10% when the market is at 6% for all the rest of us?

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