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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Deposit Funding Compass Week of April 3, 2024

Bond Market participants are projecting fewer rate cuts than the Feds median forecast for the first time this year. Fed fund futures are forecasting about 65 basis points of rate reductions in 2024, compared to the 75 basis points signaled by the median estimate of projections released following the Fed’s meeting. The benchmark 10-year note…
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CU Funding Compass Week of April 3, 2024

Bond Market participants are projecting fewer rate cuts than the Feds median forecast for the first time this year. Fed fund futures are forecasting about 65 basis points of rate reductions in 2024, compared to the 75 basis points signaled by the median estimate of projections released following the Fed’s meeting. The benchmark 10-year note…
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Deposit Funding Compass Week of March 26, 2024

Open transactions for what was ultimately a rather muted quarter end have begun to close and issuance for early April has assumed a moderate pace.  Treasuries steadily march to the upside with sentiment regarding a June rate cut beginning to shift from what was once a foregone conclusion to increasingly unlikely. What this means for…
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CU Funding Compass Week of March 26, 2024

Open transactions for what was ultimately a rather muted quarter end have begun to close and issuance for early April has assumed a moderate pace.  Treasuries steadily march to the upside with sentiment regarding a June rate cut beginning to shift from what was once a foregone conclusion to increasingly unlikely. What this means for…
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CU Funding Compass Week of March 21, 2024

Traders were prepared for the FOMC to push back against their optimism over interest-rate cuts,  and when they didn’t, buy signals flashed across Wall Street.  Global stocks and bonds extended gains on Thursday after Fed policymakers kept rates on hold and continued to pencil in three quarter-point cuts this year. While Powell emphasized the US central bank was…
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Deposit Funding Compass Week of March 21, 2024

Traders were prepared for the FOMC to push back against their optimism over interest-rate cuts,  and when they didn’t, buy signals flashed across Wall Street.  Global stocks and bonds extended gains on Thursday after Fed policymakers kept rates on hold and continued to pencil in three quarter-point cuts this year. While Powell emphasized the US central bank was…
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Deposit Funding Compass Week of March 14, 2024

Prices paid to US producers rose in February by the most in six months, driven by higher fuel and food costs that add to evidence inflation remains elevated.  The report showed a rise of 1.6% from a year earlier, the largest annual advance since September.  The February reading of the PCE, the Fed’s preferred inflation…
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Deposit Funding Compass Week of March 6, 2024

Fed Chair Jerome Powell reiterated to lawmakers that the US central bank is in no rush to cut interest rates until policymakers are convinced they have won their battle over inflation. In prepared testimony to a House panel Wednesday, the Fed chief said it will likely be appropriate to begin lower borrowing costs “at some…
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CU Funding Compass Week of March 6, 2024

Fed Chair Jerome Powell reiterated to lawmakers that the US central bank is in no rush to cut interest rates until policymakers are convinced they have won their battle over inflation. In prepared testimony to a House panel Wednesday, the Fed chief said it will likely be appropriate to begin lower borrowing costs “at some…
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Deposit Funding Compass Week of February 29, 2024

The US economy expanded at a slightly slower rate at the end of last year as a downward revision to inventories masked stronger household spending and investment. GDP rose at a revised 3.2% annualized pace in the fourth quarter, compared with a prior estimate of 3.3%. Consumer spending advanced at a 3% rate. Inflation was revised higher. The Federal Reserve’s…
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