With all the turbulence in markets thanks to the war in Ukraine and Biden’s green energy mandates and spending (not to mention Statists like Klaus Schwab screaming about a Great Reset), I was reminiscing about more simple times.
(Bloomberg)Investors who might be looking for the world’s biggest bond market to rally back soon from its worst losses in decades appear doomed to disappointment.
The US employment report on Friday illustrated the momentum of the economy in face of the Federal Reserve’s escalating effort to cool it down, with businesses rapidly adding jobs, pay rising and more Americans entering the workforce. While Treasury yields slipped as the figures showed a slight easing of wage pressures and an uptick in the jobless rate, the overall picture reinforced speculation the Fed is poised to keep raising interest rates — and hold them there — until the inflation surge recedes.
Swaps traders are pricing in a slightly better-than-even chance that the central bank will continue lifting its benchmark rate by three-quarters of a percentage point on Sept. 21 and tighten policy until it hits about 3.8%. That suggests more downside potential for bond prices because the 10-year Treasury yield has topped out at or above the Fed’s peak rate during previous monetary-policy tightening cycles. That yield is at about 3.19% now.
Then we have Bankrate’s 30-year mortgage rate soaring on Fed intervention expectations.
Inflation? US inflation is near its highest in 40 years and the USDollar Plain Vanilla Swap was at 0.50 when Biden first took office as President and is now 3.371 (quite an increase!).
Here is an interesting chart of FNCL 2% Agency MBS.
As inflation burns the US middle class and low wage workers, The Federal Reserve reaffirmed at Jackson Hole that they are the NEW Smoky The Bear (only The Fed can fight inflation fire!) But of course, Federal spending and energy policies can drive up prices too.
Having said that, the 2-year Treasury yield and 30yr mortgage rate are rising rapidly.
The Fed is trying to cool demand by raising rates after lax monetary policy since late 2008.
While the US 2-year Treasury yield is up only slightly today, the Eurozone is seeing their 2-year sovereign yields spiking by 11-15+%.
The University of Michigan consumer survey is out for August and the results show improvement … from disastrous to just plain horrible.
The University of Michigan Buying Conditions for Houses remained depressed and didn’t improve.
Bear in mind that today’s consumer sentiment reading in the lowest since 1970, lower than during any recession.
The Conference Board’s leading economic indicator plunged in June despite nearly $8 trillion in Fed stimulus still outstanding.
The good news? President Biden and his son Hunter boarded Air Force One for a carbon-spewing plane trip to South Carolina for a one-week vacation. At least he can do less damage to the US while on vacation.
TED refers to the difference between the three-month Treasury bill and the three-month LIBOR based in U.S. dollars, a measure of fear in the market.
The 3-month TED spread is rising awfully fast. A sign of impending recession.
US bank credit default swaps (CDS) are rising fast as inflation gets ugly.
The US Treasury 10Y-3M curve is bumping against the zero barrier.
I am still shaking my head at President Biden chastising gasoline stations for not lowering prices at the pump when refiners are near full capacity and the Biden Administration is doing nothing to increase the supply of US-source non-green energy.
US gasoline prices just rose to an all-time high. Yes, even higher than the Dubya-era gasoline price surge of 2008.
Rising gasoline and diesel prices are helping drive up food prices to the highest level in history.
The proxy war the US is fighting in with Russia in Ukraine is helping drive up food prices. But at the core is Biden’s anti-fossil fuel drilling executive orders starting when Statist Joe (and The Fish) became President.
As The Fed begins unwinding their massive balance sheet, the 10-year US Treasury yield jumped 8.7 basis points.