Treasurys set for first monthly loss of year

|By:, SA News Editor

If this is a bear move, bulls say "bring it on." The 10-year Treasury yield (including today's 3 bp increase) is at 2.71% vs. 2.67% at the start of March. Not a perfect gauge, the iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) is actually higher by 0.8% this month.

The move in fixed-income comes as the S&P 500 held flat and the FOMC signaled a sooner-than-expected end to QE and quicker-than-expected possible boost in the Fed Funds rate. More tied to what the Fed may or may not do with its benchmark, the 2-year note yield jumped a big 14 basis points to 0.45% in March.

Taken together, the yield curve is flatter today than it was at the start of the month - not great news for those trying to earn a spread - and maybe suggesting slower growth going forward amid a Fed thinking of tapping the brakes on the economy.

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