Rate Environment (October 29, 2018)

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Stocks extended losses last week, with the S&P 500 falling 10 percent from its record set in September.  According to analysts, the selloff was sparked by concerns…

Rate Environment (September 24, 2018)

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U.S. stocks extended gains last week, rising in tandem with international markets, as investors looked past trade tensions and bet on a strengthening American economy.

Rate Environment (August 27, 2018)

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The Fed is ready to raise rates again if the economy stays on track, according to minutes of the most recent policy meeting.

Rate Environment (July 30, 2018)

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Treasury prices fell last week amid mounting concerns that demand for the debt from overseas investors is poised to decline. Yields rose following similar moves in Japan, with investors speculating that a change in monetary policy from the Bank of Japan could lead to reduced support for that country’s bond market.

 

Rate Environment (June 25, 2018)

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Bond prices rose as fears about growing political risk caused investors to seek the safety of government bonds. Worries that increasingly restrictive trade policies could cut into global economic growth have kept bond yields under pressure in recent weeks.

 

 

Rate Environment (May 28, 2018)

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Fed officials signaled they were likely to raise rates at their June 13 meeting, while debating how to characterize an evolving policy strategy that may shortly reach a “neutral” level.

 

 

Rate Environment (April 30, 2018)

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The yield on the 10-year Treasury note reached 3% last week, marking a four-year high amid signs that growth and trade policy are adding to inflationary pressure.

 

 

Rate Environment (March 26, 2018)

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Fed officials raised the benchmark rate a quarter-point and forecast a steeper path of hikes in 2019 and 2020, citing an improving economic outlook.  Policy makers continued to project a total of three increases this year. “The economic outlook has strengthened in recent months,” the FOMC said in a statement.

 

 

Rate Environment (February 26, 2018)

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Federal Reserve officials forecast increased growth and an uptick in inflation at the last FOMC meeting on Jan. 31, concluding that “upside risks” to economic growth had grown due to tax cuts.

 

Rate Environment (January 22, 2018)

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A continued slide in bond prices pushed the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note above 2.6% to its highest level in more than three years, even as Congress moved closer to a government shutdown.

 

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