Deposit Funding Compass Week of February 14, 2024

US consumer prices jumped at the start of the year, tempering hopes for a continued drop in inflation and likely delaying any Federal Reserve interest-rate cuts. The core consumer price index, which excludes food and energy costs, increased 0.4% from December, more than expected and the most in eight months. Treasury yields jumped (5yr T’s + 15bps, 10yr T’s + 13bps) as traders pushed out bets of when the Fed will start cutting rates and marked down March odds to almost zero while May sits at 31%.

Activity in short term CD funding has reached a fever pitch with several dozen issuers crowding in to the market with maturities of less than 12mos, driving up rates investors are willing to accept. With over 250 active offerings, 75% of which are concentrated in the front of the curve banks have a unique and typically brief window to take advantage of the lack of depth of deals further out the curve. Long term CD rates are still experiencing high levels of demand and rates have failed to keep pace with the volatility in Treasuries giving issuers the opportunity to fund cheaper than the Federal government. Todays opportunities indicate that disparity between benchmark treasury yields and the cost of brokered CD 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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