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Scramble for yields getting desperate: Art Cashin

Closing Bell Exchange: Global yield scramble

Desperate investors scrambling for yields sent the 10-year Treasury to its lowest level in 10 months, veteran trader Art Cashin told CNBC.

The yield hit a low of 2.44 percent on Wednesday, despite the fact that the tapering by the Federal Reserve is getting to a point where it should start pushing yields up, said Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS. That's because investors are focusing on what's happening in Europe.

"It's not a simple answer like a flight to safety. I think it is a global scramble for yields," he said in an interview with "Closing Bell." People are "desperate and paying anything they can to buy that 10-year."

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Although the credit markets are still strong and "things continue to move in the right direction," he said the next three weeks will be interesting.

"What [European Central Bank President Mario] Draghi does may set all these markets akilter because he can't do the kind of QE that we do."

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The ECB, which meets next week, is expected to cut rates, but it is not anticipated that they will institute a quantitative easing program to buy bonds.

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Cashin thinks if yields continue to fall, it will have a ripple effect.

"They can go down to 2.35, maybe even 2.25 [and] that can begin to … influence mortgage rates, you could get refinancing," he said. "There's a lot at stake, but I want to see where they go first. "

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By CNBC's Michelle Fox. CNBC's Patti Domm contributed to this report.