According to data compiled by Bloomberg, bonds haven’t declined in consecutive years since the 1950’s. On the back of last year’s 11% decline and the continuing low inflation environment bonds just might have history on their side:
“Last year’s return, based on the note’s price change and interest payments, was negative 11 percent. This was the worst performance ever recorded by the St. Louis Fed, whose data goes back to 1928.
The previous mark was set in 1999, when the 10-year security posted a negative 8.3 percent return. In the following year, the note returned 17 percent. Similarly, the total return swung from negative 8 percent in 1994 to 23 percent in 1995.”