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 current Share Certificate market entrants is that supply is light and funding levels are substantially cheaper than their UST counter parts. On a few occasions as of late we find a temporary window where the supply/demand dynamics for Share Certificates present an opportunity to raise appreciable funds well below comps in other fixed income securities. These windows tend to be fleeting, often just lasting for a week or two until supply normalizes rates, for now please see today’s indications and opportunities with meaningful portions marked as “firm” reflecting our own confidence in our assessment of current conditions.

Funding inside 12mos is still congested. Credit unions continue to have success extending duration with an embedded call option; creating flexibility in determining when to return the funds via the option without the risk of having to roll over into a higher rate has proved an effective strategy. 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.

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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 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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CU 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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