By October 2018 the world total of negative-yielding debt was down by half from its peak at $12.2 trillion in June 2016. Yet, last week it had again risen by some $3 trillion, putting the current number at $9.3 trillion.
The data, from Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Negative-Yielding Debt Index, is presented in a Bloomberg article republished by media including Treasury & Risk last Thursday.
The rise follows some unexpectedly soft monetary-policy moves globally, in the wake of growing worries about global growth.
Euro hike on hold
Even government bonds as long as ten years balance around zero, the German one still on plus but at just 0.06 percent. The European Central Bank has cancelled plans for its first interest rate increase since the debt crisis.