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Bond-investing giant Western Asset Management Co. thinks the US treasury bonds have reached a top following last week’s panicked buying in reaction to the global spread of the coronavirus. 

The rally seen last week has set Treasuries up for a fall, Michael Buchanan, the firm’s deputy chief investment officer, said Friday, according to Wall Street Journal. 

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The market is way ahead of the Fed now, and we could give back a lot of this rally very quickly.

The firm would be interested in increasing its exposure again once 10-year yields move back over 1.5%.

For now, the firm is buying investment-grade and high-yield corporate debt, which now trade at a higher yield premium, or spread, to Treasurys because of the surge in demand for the government bonds.

The yield on the US 10-year treasury note fell by over 30 basis points last week on increased haven flows. The yield is currently seen at 1.147%, having hit a record low of 1.027% on Monday.