CU Funding Compass Week of February 22, 2024

The Treasury options market is sending bearish signals and bond traders are bracing for the risk of a renewed selloff, driving a surge of trading targeting higher yields and prompting investors to unwind long positions by the most in nearly two years. The trend gained momentum this week, when there was strong demand for contracts wagering that 10-year yields will breach 4.5%, a level they haven’t exceeded since November.  Sticky inflation and still strong growth drove traders to dial back estimates for how deeply the Federal Reserve will lower interest rates this year. 

Short term Share Certificate funding has been as active as ever, the influx of participants seeking depositors and a sharp rise in rates has created considerable market volatility.  Front end levels as a result have essentially become a moving target as we’ve seen quoted levels become all but obsolete within hours. Credit unions are having relative success extending duration with an imbedded call option as this allows flexibility in determining when to return the funds via the option without the risk of having to roll over in to a higher rate. Even with structures placing the yield to call below comparable short term bullets investors are willing to gamble that they’ll get some extended duration in the current interest trajectory.  Bullet funding past 2yrs remains cheap to T’s and an opportune arena to find value if rates proceed to leg higher whilst avoiding the premium incurred with callable funding. 

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