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Plenty of Movement, Not Much Progress; More Volatility Ahead

The first week of any given month tends to have the highest concentration of economic data with the power to influence the bond market, and thus interest rates. This week was no exception. In addition to the scheduled economic data, there was unscheduled drama in the banking sector.  This involved the orderly failure of First Republic Bank, rumors of other imminent bank failures, and a run on various bank stocks that ultimately required multiple “circuit breakers” (temporary halts to trading due to the size and speed of price changes). Bank drama coincided with lower job openings on Tuesday morning to send bond yields lower on Tuesday morning.  This was easier to see in 2yr Treasury yields compared to the 10yr Treasuries that we typically follow because shorter-term bonds have more in common with the Fed Funds Rate. A day later, we heard from the Fed itself with the widely anticipated 0.25% hike to the Fed Funds Rate.  Despite the hike, interest rates continued broadly lower into mid week (Mortgage Rates in Weeks After Fed Hikes Rates. Here’s How That Works…” data-contentid=”6452c40c9d238671bb2d6f63″ data-linktype=”rateupdate” rel=”noopener”>here’s why) before bouncing after Friday’s stronger jobs report. All told, 10yr yields traded a range of roughly 0.25% whereas 2yr yields saw a range closer to 0.50%.  That’s a volatile week by any standard, but it nonetheless failed to blaze any new trails with respect to the range we’ve been following in the 10yr.  One might have argued that yields were pushing the lower boundary of the range had it not been for NFP (“nonfarm payrolls,” the main component of the jobs report) on Friday.
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