Triple-A Nations Suffer Amid Crisis

Bonds of highly rated European nations see record volatility.

Bonds from AAA rated Austria, the Netherlands and Finland are suffering as Europe’s debt crisis increases volatility and erodes their haven status.

Sixty-day volatility on 10-year government debt from the three nations reached euro-era records in November, as investors increased bets the currency bloc may unravel and as yields on Italian and Spanish securities surged. The countries were among 15 put on watch for a rating cut by Standard & Poor’s yesterday. Europe’s leaders will try to fashion a solution to the turmoil this week after the failure of their fourth rescue blueprint sparked concern that the crisis will infect all 17 euro nations.

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