Yields Move Up

  December 1, 2017

Treasury yields rose in September as the Fed indicated it would soon begin the task of reducing its holdings of government bonds. Additional influences on the bond market include tax proposals by the White House deemed to stoke inflationary pressures as well as better than expected growth data.

The fallout of the hurricanes on the credit markets seems inevitable. As insurance companies begin the process of paying out claims to those insured, they may need to liquidate holdings of corporate and government debt to meet payouts. In addition, the dire financial situation in Puerto Rico has left the municipal markets questioning how the country’s distressed debt may affect mainland municipals.

Comments from the Federal Reserve in response to any possible interference caused by the hurricanes suggested that the storms were unlikely to prevent the Fed from its rising rate trajectory or from reducing its $4.5 trillion balance sheet.

Sources: Federal Reserve, Bloomberg, U.S. Treasury

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