The amount of speculators’ bearish, or short, positions in 30-year Treasury futures exceeded bullish, or long, positions by 230,312 contracts on Oct. 6, a record, according to the CFTC’s latest Commitments of Traders data.
The 30-year yield, which moves inversely to prices, has rallied to a four-month high since August, when Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announced that the central bank would allow periods of higher inflation in order to average its target 2% rate.
Bets on lower bond prices have also been fueled by expectations that the nascent U.S. economic recovery will continue, as investors await an additional round of fiscal stimulus from lawmakers and breakthroughs in the search for a vaccine against COVID-19.
The 30-year long bond yield is about where it was on March 6.
Yet speculators keep piling on with record bets.
Any bit of sustained economic weakness will cause the long bond yield to drop blowing the long bond shorts out of the water.