Presented by Matt Glova and the LifeTime Asset Management team:
June 29, 2020
The 10-year Treasury yield dropped to 0.64 percent last Friday, its lowest point since mid-May, and opened at that level early Monday. The 30-year opened at 1.37 percent and the 2-year at 0.16 percent. Uncertainty with the direction of the economy and the coronavirus pandemic is making some investors cautious. On Wednesday, we’ll receive the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s (Fed’s) June 10th meeting (more on that below).
June 22, 2020
Treasury rates were largely range bound last week, as Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell’s midweek testimony to Congress did not contain major market-moving news. The 10-year Treasury yield started the week at 0.70 percent, slightly higher than last week’s opening yield of 0.66 percent. The story was the same on the longer end of the curve, with the 30-year opening at 1.44 percent, compared with 1.40 percent the week before.
June 15, 2020
Rates took a bit of a roller coaster ride last week, as the 10-year Treasury yield spiked to as high as 0.93 percent following the previous week’s sell-off in the bond market. In fact, most of last week’s rates came back down just about as fast as they spiked the week before. The 10-year opened at 0.66 percent on Monday. The 30-year reached a high of 1.75 percent over the same time frame, falling to 1.40 percent as of Monday morning. The 2-year, which reached a recent high of 0.23 percent, opened at 0.18 percent.
June 08, 2020
After better-than-expected employment numbers were released last week, rates moved significantly higher, with the 10-year Treasury yield as high as 0.96 percent late Friday. The 30-year is trading at 1.69 percent, and the 2-year is at 0.21 percent, as of Monday morning. Although the unemployment rate drop was good news, the sell-off in rates was likely overdone; we should see more volatility in the weeks and months ahead.
June 01, 2020
The 10-year Treasury yield opened at 0.66 percent on Monday, while the 2-year came in at 0.17 percent and the 30-year at 1.43 percent. We are set to get some May economic numbers this week, which should give us a clearer view on where we stand as an economy. The Federal Reserve meets next week, and, while it has done a lot and has essentially asked Congress to step in, it should be interesting to see what members have to say when faced with hard May economic numbers.