Resilient Growth Inflation Fuel Rebound in Treasury Yields

Resilient Growth Inflation Fuel Rebound in Treasury Yields wsjnewspaper

Resilient Growth Drives Rebound in Treasury Yields. Bond yields reached two-month highs as expectations for economic growth and inflation fueled a weeklong selloff in U.S. Treasurys. The setback in debt ceiling negotiations provided only a temporary slowdown on Friday.

However, investors remain optimistic that a deal will be reached to avoid a government cash shortage. Treasury yields, which rise when bond prices fall, wrapped up their sixth consecutive day of gains.

The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note settled at 3.690% on Friday, marking its highest close since March 10. This surge in yields follows reports of low unemployment, solid consumer spending, and resilience in key inflation indicators. Investors have started to consider the possibility of the Federal Reserve raising rates again this year.

With inflation proving sticky and the labor market remaining strong, investors have adjusted their expectations for interest rates. Interest-rate futures indicate reduced chances of rate cuts later this year, suggesting a less likely recession. As a result, investor appetite for Treasurys has diminished.

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Zach Griffiths, a senior strategist at the research firm CreditSights, commented on the surprising resilience of inflation and the labor market. He expects the 10-year yield to climb back to a range of 3.75% to 4% as the Fed maintains steady interest rates throughout the year.

Treasury yields play a crucial role in setting interest rates across the economy, including mortgages, and serve as an economic barometer. Last year, stocks faced challenges as bond prices fell and yields rose, making Treasurys more appealing for risk-free returns. However, this year, bond yields have stabilized, and stocks have performed better.

While concerns persist about economic growth and losses on commercial real-estate loans, investors and analysts doubt that Treasury yields will reach their highs from last fall. The decision on whether to raise rates in June remains uncertain, with Fed officials expressing varying opinions on inflation and the need for further rate increases.

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Investors continue to see bonds as a favorable investment, seeking protection against the risk of a recession. Christopher Sullivan, chief investment officer at United Nations Federal Credit Union, believes that interest rates have reached their peak.

However, some still consider the possibility of a rate increase in June, driven by persistent tight labor market conditions and elevated inflation.

Overall, resilient growth has driven the rebound in Treasury yields, leading to increased optimism among investors but also raising concerns about inflation and future rate decisions by the Federal Reserve.

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