CU Funding Compass Week of June 26, 2024

The US bond market has worked its way close to breakeven for the year, thanks to two straight months of gains that have left the benchmark Treasury index down just 0.15% for 2024. With traders focused on every data point, extending the current run will require sustained evidence of a slowing economy and softer inflation that would increase the chance of a rate cut as soon as September. Investors who were primed for six rate cuts in January are now pretty much aligned with a central bank willing to stay on hold as long as needed. Still, traders are pricing in at least one quarter-point reduction by year-end.

Meanwhile, a report from Moody’s says banks will continue to have difficulty “meaningfully growing deposits”. Some key points from their report include:

  • Bank funding conditions “are not out of the woods” even as the Fed slows the pace of quantitative tightening — deposits in the banking system have declined in aggregate “to an unprecedented degree” since November 2022
  • Balances at the Fed’s overnight reverse repo facility have acted as a buffer from QT, but are falling and “as they get closer to zero, QT pressure on bank deposits may reemerge”
  • Institutions continue to face rising deposit costs, though the pace has slowed.

As we turn our attention to the 3rd quarter we continue to see a lack of issuance in longer terms, 2 years and out. If the possibility of rates coming down in the next year is a concern we encourage you to consider looking at callable Share Certificates. Issuing a callable provides long term stability while also retaining short term flexibility should rates pivot downward.

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