Government bonds rallied around the world as monetary policy makers in Europe, the U.K., and Canada assume more-stimulative postures amid concern that falling prices for oil and other goods pose a growing threat to economic growth.

Longer-maturity debt gained, with yields in Germany, Spain, and Switzerland reaching record lows after the European Central Bank (ECB) announcement of a larger-than-forecast bond purchase plan, the Bank of Canada’s unexpected lowering of its benchmark rate, and Bank of England policy makers dropping a call for a rate increase. U.S. yields also approached all-time lows with the Federal Reserve forecast to hold interest rates at virtually zero next week.

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