If you thought you had it bad with 10-year Treasury yields at 2.3%, take a gander across the pond. In Germany, 10-year government bonds yield only 0.80%. It would take 87 years to double your money at a 0.80% return. That is more than a life-time for many. The comparable number for the 2.3% return available on 10-year Treasuries is about 30 years. Still not great, but it could be worse. It could be worse for the Germans too. In Japan, the ten-year government bond yields only 0.48%. At 0.48% you would need two life-times to double your money.
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Jeremy Jones, CFA is the Director of Research at Young Research & Publishing Inc., and the Chief Investment Officer at Richard C. Young & Co., Ltd. Jeremy is a contributing editor of youngresearch.com.