Bond review shows European underperformance

Added 11th February 2015

In 2014, European bonds were the biggest underperformers in both corporate and government bond segments, according to data from FE.

Bond review shows European underperformance
Looking at the bond category generally, corporate bonds performed better than government bonds for the one-year period ending 31 December 2014.

Index : Citi WorldBIG Corporate Index TR in US


Index : Citi World Government Bond Index TR in US



Among corporate bonds, European bonds were the worst performing

Index : Citi USBIG Corporate Index TR in US


Index : Citi EuroBIG Corporate Index TR in US



European bonds also had the poorest returns among government bonds

Index : Citi US Government Bond Index TR in US


Index : Citi Asian Government Bond Index TR in US


Index : Citi EMU Government Bond
 all maturities TR in US



Lower grade bonds outperformed higher grade bonds

Index : Citi WorldBIG BBB TR in US


Index : Citi WorldBIG AAA/AA TR in US



Longer-term bonds outperformed shorter-term bonds

Index : Citi WorldBIG 10+ Years TR in US


Index : Citi WorldBIG 1-3 Years TR in US



Against the US dollar, all major currencies underperformed in 2014. Funds invested in US dollar-denominated bonds should fare better than local currency bonds this year.

US Dollars in US


Hong Kong Dollars in US


Indian Rupees in US


Singapore Dollars in US


New Zealand Dollars in US


Pounds Sterling in US


Malaysian Ringgit in US


Australian Dollars in US


South African Rand in US


Swiss Francs in US


Euros in US


Japanese Yen in US



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