The yield on Dutch 10-year government bonds, which have been steadily heading towards zero, turned negative and touched a record low of -0.007%.
They have fallen about 30 basis points since the UK referendum on June 23, which saw British voters support the country’s exit from the European Union (EU) and stoked fresh uncertainty over the prospects for global growth and inflation.
The Netherlands now joins a growing number of countries where the yields on government bonds have fallen below zero. There are four other countries – Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Denmark – where 10-year rates have turned negative.
However, Goldman Sachs has recently become more positive on the outlook for bonds in the short term and upgraded the asset class to “neutral”, while warning that investors’ search for positive yield is spurring them to take on more risk despite growth concerns.
The top five sectors Asian fintech investors are interested in are data analytics, blockchain, lending, payments and regtech, according to Gary Hwa, EY regional managing partner.
On the third day of the Singapore Fintech Festival conference, there was a focus on specific applications of fintech innovation. One was trade finance, which is clearly is ripe for a revolution.
Kicking off day two of the Singapore Fintech Festival, Deloitte Chairman David Cruikshank said that fintech is significant for three reasons. First, customer expectations of services are higher than ever. Second, barriers to entry are lower than before. And finally, financial institutions (FIs) face a threat of what a competitor might do.
The EU and US’ shift in accounting standards may bring balance sheet losses and increase credit risk, according to James Elder, director of risk services at Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global.