Deposit Funding Compass Week of July 11, 2024

This morning saw CPI prints come in lower than expected, with inflation falling 0.1% in June and bringing the year-over-year rate near it’s lowest in more than 3 years, supporting the case of those calling for lower rates. Chairman Powell reiterated Wednesday recent price readings have shown “modest further progress,” and “more good data” would strengthen the central bank’s confidence that inflation was returning to its 2% target, while labor-market conditions have cooled “considerably.” Powell’s remarks to Congress suggested the Federal Open Market Committee is unlikely to reduce rates when it meets on July 30-31. Markets are focused on whether officials will provide more clues after the July gathering about a possible rate cut in September.

We continue to see a lack of issuance in the CD market on terms outside of 12 months. This presents an opportunity to test the market with aggressive levels that, if current conditions hold, should give us a shot at appreciable volume in the coming weeks. Demand is outweighing supply creating the opportunistic environment where CD coupon levels are trading appreciably below like term T-bill & Treasury yields. This usually does not last for prolonged periods. With uncertainty looming over potential rate cuts later this year, callable CDs are a great way to bring in longer term funding while also retaining short term flexibility, all at improved pricing. Here is an example of how these structures compare today:

3mo – 5.30% All-in   vs.   18mo/3mo – 5.14% All-in

The improved pricing is even more dramatic when the initial lock out period is extended beyond 1 year. See the attached pricing for real world examples. The reason is this allows our Callable CD pricing to track the drop in rates and the inversion of the yield curve with much more efficiency than shorter-term lock outs, which tend to track only short term funding costs at the front of the curve. If you would like to discuss any of the above in great detail please contact the CD desk.

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