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Turkey’s central bank responded to a sharp drop in the lira Wednesday by delivering a 300 basis point rate increase.
That works out to around 0.4 percent of assets per year, or 40 basis points — more than 40 times what MCM charged for the stock fund, and more than 10 times its bond fund fee.
Germany’s 10-year yield declined four basis points to 0.36%, hitting the lowest in almost three weeks with its sixth straight decline.
The spread on Pemex's $3 billion bond due in 2027 over similar-maturity Treasuries has widened by 86 basis points since Feb. 1 to 3.25 percentage points, as Lopez Obrador built up his lead in polls.
Bonds The yield on 10-year Treasuries declined two basis points to 2.86 percent.
After retracing somewhat, the July contract is now printing about 22 basis points above the Fed effective rate of 1.70 percent.
By May 23rd the gap between the yields on Italian and German government ten-year bonds, which reflects concern over Italy’s ability to service its public debt, had grown to more than 190 basis points from 114 on April 24th.
Rising rates isn't exactly a new problem for markets — the 10-year yield jumped 30 basis points in January alone — but this time the rise is driven by surging commodity prices, not heady economic gains.
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Financial Definition of BASIS POINT
What It Is
A basis point is one hundredth of one percent.
How It Works
There are one hundred basis points in one percent.
Let's say Bank XYZ pays 2.54% interest on its savings accounts. A month later, it raises the rate to 2.75%. We would say that rate increased by 21 basis points.
Why It Matters
Basis points are in anything that is expressed as a percentage: interest rates, rates of return, bond coupons, rates of change and much more. Because tiny changes can have big effects, it is no surprise that the markets are concerned about hundredths of a percent.
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