You tell me:
Source: Federal Reserve, author's calculations.
Of course, this chart tells you nothing as to whether bonds are overvalued. I happen to think they are, but this chart won't tell you.
What it shows, though, is important: Investors are plowing into bonds with abandon. Keep in mind, this chart only depicts wholly owned Treasuries. Not corporate bonds. Not bond funds. Not bond exchange-traded funds. Just Treasuries. (That, by the way, is likely why the current level isn't much higher than those reached in the mid-'90s. We now have many different bond-investment vehicles to choose from that didn't exist 15 years ago. And owning whole Treasuries is probably the most cumbersome.)
There's only one way to accurately describe what this chart shows: flight to safety. Which is understandable; people are scared. But what does it mean for asset prices? I can't realistically see how the stampede into bonds will end anyway but badly.
Examples of the bubble really get nasty when you look at the corporate debt world. Microsoft
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