A reader asked me about 'Bond Vigilantes' after reading this article: 'Bond Vigilantes' are Saddled Up and Ready to Push Rates Higher.
There's reason to be concerned about bond vigilantes, who are no longer under "lock and key" and are free to push yields higher, Ed Yardeni told CNBC.
Yardeni coined the term "bond vigilantes" in the 1980s to refer to investors who sell their holdings in an effort to enforce fiscal discipline.
People are looking more at the domestic situation and saying, 'You know what, maybe we need a higher bond yield,'" Yardeni says.
This is complete silliness. There are no "Bond Vigilantes".
Fundamentally, there is no way to dump holdings to enforce "fiscal discipline" because someone has to hold every bond issued until it comes to term.