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"The iPath® US Treasury Steepener Exchange Traded Note is linked to the performance of the Barclays Capital US Treasury 2Y/10Y Yield Curve Index™. The index employs a strategy that seeks to capture returns that are potentially available from a ""steepening"" or ""flattening"", as applicable, of the U.S. Treasury yield curve through a notional rolling investment in U.S. Treasury note futures contracts. The level of the index is designed to increase in response to a ""steepening"" of the yield curve and to decrease in response to a ""flattening"" of the yield curve. To accomplish this objective, the performance of the index tracks the returns of a notional investment in a weighted ""long"" position in relation to 2-year Treasury futures contracts and a weighted ""short"" position in relation to 10-year Treasury futures contracts, as traded on the Chicago Board of Trade. The iPath® US Treasury Steepener ETN employs an index multiplier that provides the investor at maturity or upon redemption a participation rate of $0.10 gain or loss per each 1.00 point increase or decrease, respectively, in the level of the index. For purposes of calculating the closing indicative note value on a given day, the index multiplier is multiplied by the daily index performance, which is added to the daily interest that accrued from a notional investment of the value of the ETN at the 28-day U.S. Treasury Bill rate, from which all applicable costs and fees are deducted. "
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Wednesday, Dec 182013, 2:22 PM
Wednesday, Dec 182013, 2:22 PM| 7 Comments
- "The Committee sees the improvement in economic activity and labor market conditions ... as consistent with growing underlying strength in the broader economy," the FOMC says, adding that the decision to scale back QE by $10B per month is based on "the cumulative progress toward maximum employment and the improvement in the outlook for labor market conditions."
- Although the Committee says it will "likely reduce the pace of asset purchases in further measured steps [should] incoming information support [the] ongoing improvement in labor market conditions and inflation moving back toward [the] longer-run objective," the Fed notes that asset purchases are "not on a set course."
- FOMC also says it "anticipates .. that it likely will be appropriate to maintain the current target range for the federal funds rate well past the time that the unemployment rate declines below 6.5%."
- Updated FOMC projections: 2014 PCE inflation now seen at 1.4-1.6% (from 1.3-1.8% in September); 2014 GDP now seen at 2.8-3.2% (from 2.9-3.1% in September); 2014 unemployment rate now seen at 6.3-6.6% (from 6.4-6.8% in September). Full release
- 10-year yield is at 2.91% versus 2.87% just prior to the announcement.
- Dow (DIA +0.9%), S&P (SPY +0.6%), and Nasdaq (QQQ) all staged brief rallies on the news but have since retraced a bit. Gold (GLD +0.3%) fell sharply initially but recovered.
- ETFs: TBT, TLT, TIP, TMV, SHY, IEF, TBF, PST, EDV, TTT, TMF, VTIP, TLH, IPE, ZROZ, SBND, IEI, SCHP, DLBS, TYO, LTPZ, DTYS, STPZ, STPP, VGLT, TIPZ, UST, BIL, SHV, STIP, PLW, GOVT, FLAT, UBT, TBX, TLO, VGSH, VGIT, RINF, GSY, DTYL, LBND, SCHR, SCHO, TYD, ITE, TYBS, TPS, TRSY, TENZ, DTUL, TDTT, TUZ, SST, INFL, DTUS, FIVZ, TBZ, DFVL, FINF, UINF, DLBL, DEFL, DFVS, TIPX, TDTF, TYNS, SINF
Thursday, Sep 122013, 2:55 PM
Thursday, Sep 122013, 2:55 PM| 2 Comments
- Just another 110 basis points to go. The spread between the 10-year Treasury yield and the target Fed Funds rate has never exceeded 400 basis points, according to SocGen. Never.
- If the FOMC keeps Fed Funds at about 0% until at least the end of 2015 (as it's promised), this would seemingly cap the 10-year yield (currently 2.9%) at 4% for the next 2-plus years. Alas, the Dec 2015 Eurodollar contract at 98.31 is pricing in about 125-150 basis points in Fed rate hikes by then. Somewhere, there's an opportunity in all of this.
- Long-maturity Treasury ETFs: TLH, TLT, IEF, DTYL, DLBL, ILTB, TENZ, ITE, TLO, EDV, VGIT, VGLT, TMF, TYD, LBND, UBT, UST, TMV, TYO, DSTJ, DSXJ, SBND, PST, TBT, DTYS, DLBS, TBF, TTT, TYNS, TYBS, TBX
- Yield curve ETFs: STPP, FLAT.
Tuesday, Aug 62013, 11:56 AM
Tuesday, Aug 62013, 11:56 AM| 4 Comments
- The meme that the 1994 bond market (AGG, BND) selloff won't happen again takes a blow as FRBNY researchers take a look and find this year's decline thus far is tracking 1994's carnage (and 2003's) fairly closely.
- Where the moves differ is in the shape of the yield curve. 1994's rise in long-term yields was accompanied by higher short-term rates (as investors anticipated Fed rate hikes), leading to little-change in the yield curve. In 2013, there's been very little movement at the short-end, meaning investors are simply demanding more yield to hold longer-dated paper.
- Popular Treasury ETFs: TLT, TBT.
- Yield curve ETFs: STPP, FLAT.
- Treasury bull Bill Gross (BOND) is beginning to sound maybe just the slightest bit desperate, tweeting minutes ago: "JOLTS data do NOT validate 200K payroll prints. More like 125K. Taper may be delayed if Yellen has a big vote."
- Today's Jobs Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) is here.
Tuesday, Sep 112012, 10:32 AM
Thursday, Aug 92012, 11:15 AMThe yield curve continues to steepen, the 10-year Treasury up another 3 bps to 1.72% (the highest in 2 months). A steeper curve is consistent with a growing economy, writes Vince Cignarella, but does it mean the Fed - hard at work trying to suppress long yields through The Twist - is becoming irrelevant? |Thursday, Aug 92012, 11:15 AM| 3 Comments
Thursday, May 172012, 2:56 PMThe move into Treasurys has left the yield curve at its flattest level since the end of 2008, with 30-year - off 8 bps to 2.82% - yielding only 273 bps more than the 90-day T-bill. At 1.71%, the 10-year is approaching its lowest yield ever. As in 2011 among the world's most hated asset classes, Treasurys in 2012 are close to overtaking stocks yet again. |Thursday, May 172012, 2:56 PM| 3 Comments
Tuesday, May 152012, 11:02 AM"Treasurys are still cheap," says BMO's Scott Graham, but suggests we're near the point where central banks may begin to take action to stem jitters in financial markets. Such a move could send yields higher at the long end, but leave the short end untouched. He's buying 2-year paper and selling 10's - the steepener trade (STPP), which has had a rough 2012. |Tuesday, May 152012, 11:02 AM| Comment!
Tuesday, Apr 172012, 12:48 PMTreasurys are mostly unmoved by major rallies here and across the pond, the 10-year just getting its nose above 2% again, and the long bond +2 bps to 3.15%. Fed Funds futures - a couple of weeks ago pricing in rate hikes in 2013 - are now seeing no action until mid-2014. |Tuesday, Apr 172012, 12:48 PM| 2 Comments
Friday, Mar 92012, 8:47 AMTreasury prices head south following the solid NFP report, Thirty-year bond futures diving more than half a point. Moving in the other direction is the yield, +4 basis points to 3.22%. On the short end, September 2014 Eurodollar futures budge 3.5 basis points lower, pricing in a slightly greater chance of future Fed rate hikes. |Friday, Mar 92012, 8:47 AM| 1 Comment
Wednesday, Feb 292012, 5:07 PMWe are no longer in a crisis, so we should step away from crisis thinking, Philadelphia Fed chief Plosser tells CNBC, going on to say a rate hike could be coming in 2012. The similarities between 2011 and 2012 continue to grow. It was about this time last year Fed hawks were floating 2011 hikes ... just as the economy was set to roll over. |Wednesday, Feb 292012, 5:07 PM| 4 Comments
Tuesday, Dec 132011, 3:03 PMWill ultra-low rates extend beyond mid-2013? A quick check on trading on Fed Funds futures contracts reveals that traders aren't pricing in much of an increase for interest rates even after the Fed's rate-lock expires. Implied yields for the Fed Funds rate: July 2013 0.18%, December 2013 0.30%, July 2014 0.65%. |Tuesday, Dec 132011, 3:03 PM| Comment!
Friday, Oct 142011, 9:48 AMLong term Treasury yields are pushing higher again as money continues to flow into equities and the economy might not be falling off a cliff. The 30 year bond is 10 bps higher to 3.25%, roughly 45 bps above its level when the Fed said it was going to lower long rates through The Twist. Treasury flattener ETN FLAT is off nearly 10% since the Fed meeting. |Friday, Oct 142011, 9:48 AM| 2 Comments
Wednesday, Sep 212011, 4:41 PMThe Treasury curve definitely shows a twist at the end of the day, with short rates up a few basis points, while yields at the long end plummet. The 30 year falls 19 basis points to 3.01%. Of interest is the Fed's decision to have 29% of its purchases in the 20/30 year maturities, a higher ratio than expected. |Wednesday, Sep 212011, 4:41 PM| Comment!
Wednesday, Aug 242011, 7:57 AMOne of the oft-discussed options the Fed has at its disposal is to shift Treasury maturities further out, but economists say the move has risks. A flatter yield curve could: (1) hurt banks; (2) kick up inflation; (3) increase the odds the Fed loses money on its holdings. They see Bernanke holding off on hinting about a portfolio rejiggering in his speech Friday. |Wednesday, Aug 242011, 7:57 AM| Comment!
Tuesday, Aug 92011, 9:59 AM
Wednesday, Jun 222011, 8:08 AMThe FOMC is due to wrap up a two-day meeting today, when it is likely to keep rates at 0-0.25% and confirm it will end its $600B bond buying scheme at the end of June. The key words in its statement will be 'extended period,' signalling the Fed has no plans to raise rates any time soon. |Wednesday, Jun 222011, 8:08 AM| Comment!