Deposit Funding Compass Week of May 2, 2024

In a widely expected move, the U.S. central bank kept its benchmark short-term borrowing rate in a targeted range between 5.25%-5.50%. The federal funds rate has been at that level since July 2023, when the Fed last hiked and took the range to its highest level in more than two decades. The rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee did vote to ease the pace at which it is reducing bond holdings on the central bank’s balance sheet, in what could be viewed as an incremental loosening of monetary policy. Fed officials have shown near unanimity in their calls for patience on easing monetary policy as they look for confirmation that inflation is heading comfortably back to target. One or two officials even have mentioned the possibility of a rate increase should the data not cooperate. In March, FOMC members penciled in three rate cuts this year, but Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic now says he only expects one rate cut this year, likely in the fourth quarter.

Supply continues to be light in the CD market, enabling appreciable volume to be captured at very competitive levels. This includes the ability to issue coupons below like term Treasuries. With the Fed possibly backing away from multiple rate cuts this year we are encouraging anyone who might be rolling short term issuance to consider issuing longer term callable CDs. This gives the issuing bank the ability to put the deposits back to investors after 3-6 months and thus retain flexibility in the near term while also providing long term stability to effectively hedge against a potential increase in deposit costs. If you would like to discuss this or any other strategy in more depth please feel free to contact the CD desk.

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CU Funding Compass Week of May 22, 2024

Treasury yields rise as investors digest Fed speaker comments. Several Fed officials urged patience when it comes to rate cuts as inflation remains above the central banks 2% target range. Fed Governor Christopher Wallace said he would like to see more good data on the inflation front before lowering rates. Share Certificate issuance has increased…
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Deposit Funding Compass Week of May 22, 2024

Treasury yields rise as investors digest Fed speaker comments. Several Fed officials urged patience when it comes to rate cuts as inflation remains above the central banks 2% target range. Fed Governor Christopher Wallace said he would like to see more good data on the inflation front before lowering rates. CD issuance has increased roughly…
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Deposit Funding Compass Week of May 16, 2024

A measure of underlying US inflation cooled in April for the first time in six months, a small step in the right direction for Federal Reserve officials looking to start cutting interest rates this year. The core consumer price index, which excludes food and energy costs, increased 0.3% from March, according to government data out…
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CU Funding Compass Week of May 8, 2024

Economic data is taking a bit of a breather this week after the onslaught of last week, culminating in what can be described as “bad news is good news” with the weak jobs report.  Yields retreated from this year’s high water mark under the hope that a softening labor market could still spur the Fed…
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Deposit Funding Compass Week of May 8, 2024

Economic data is taking a bit of a breather this week after the onslaught of last week, culminating in what can be described as “bad news is good news” with the weak jobs report.  Yields retreated from this year’s high water mark under the hope that a softening labor market could still spur the Fed…
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Deposit Funding Compass Week of April 24, 2024

Treasuries hold small losses during US morning ahead of record $70 billion 5-year note sale at 1pm EST. Much of this week’s focus will be on data, particularly GDP tomorrow, along with PCE on Friday. If the PCE report on Friday comes in hot we expect to see a reaction in our market, with rates…
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Deposit Funding Compass Week of April 17, 2024

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is making waves for his contemporaries around the world as the prospect of higher-for-longer US interest rates reduces room for policy easing elsewhere. Powell on Tuesday signaled the Fed will wait longer than previously anticipated to cut borrowing costs following a series of surprisingly high inflation readings — marking a…
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CU Funding Compass Week of April 17, 2024

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is making waves for his contemporaries around the world as the prospect of higher-for-longer US interest rates reduces room for policy easing elsewhere. Powell on Tuesday signaled the Fed will wait longer than previously anticipated to cut borrowing costs following a series of surprisingly high inflation readings — marking a…
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Deposit Funding Compass Week of April 10, 2024

US inflation topped forecasts for a third straight month (Core CPI + 0.4% MoM), ushering a fresh wave of price pressures that will likely delay any Federal Reserve interest-rate cuts until later in the year. Treasury yields and the dollar jumped while S&P 500 index futures tumbled. The 10yr UST yield traded through the psychological…
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CU Funding Compass Week of April 10, 2024

US inflation topped forecasts for a third straight month (Core CPI + 0.4% MoM), ushering a fresh wave of price pressures that will likely delay any Federal Reserve interest-rate cuts until later in the year. Treasury yields and the dollar jumped while S&P 500 index futures tumbled. The 10yr UST yield traded through the psychological…
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