In regards to bond markets, one thing has been growing in popularity and in the newspapers, that one thing is liquidity. Investors, traders, and regulators are now constantly thinking about the ability to trade fixed-income securities without affecting prices too much. There are however plenty of people that disagree with the liquidity issue in this situation.
According to new regulations that have been enacted, it has become more and more difficult and expensive for banks to hold bolds on their balance sheets. It is also expensive and difficult to facilitate trades for their clients in certain areas, but the major growth of the investors that would and do buy these types of assets is another factor to consider. Read more →