(Bloomberg) — Treasuries headed for the best annual performance since 2011 as global turmoil and low inflation supported prices even while the economy improved.

Ten-year note yields reached the lowest level in a week as crude oil traded near the least in five years and risk appetite ebbed. The security's yield advantage over Group of Seven peers was almost at an eight-year high after Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras failed yesterday to win backing for his presidential nominee, a development that risks severing the nation's bailout accord. The yield curve, the gap between two- and 30-year yields, was at almost a six-year low.

"The safe-haven bid has been a major theme in the fourth quarter," said Adrian Miller, director of fixed-income strategies at GMP Securities in New York. "That will continue to play out as one of the catalysts that will keep the long end relatively well anchored as the front end lifts due to Fed tightening."

U.S. 10-year yields fell three basis points, or 0.03 percentage point, to 2.18 percent at 10:57 a.m. New York time. They sank five basis points yesterday, the steepest decline since Dec. 16. The 2.25 percent note due in November 2024 rose 1/4, or $2.50 per $1,000 face amount, to 100 21/32.

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