Photo: The U.S. Treasury building in Washington, D.C. Photographer: Tom Brenner/Bloomberg The U.S. Treasury building in Washington, D.C. Photographer: Tom Brenner/Bloomberg

The latest bout of global financial volatility has heightened concerns about regulators’ continuing failure to resolve liquidity problems with U.S. Treasuries—the debt that serves as a benchmark for the world.

It’s getting harder and harder to buy and sell Treasuries in large quantities without those trades moving the market. Market depth, as the measure is known, last Thursday hit the worst level since the throes of the Covid-19 crisis in the spring of 2020, when the Federal Reserve was forced into massive intervention.

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