Prior Week Summary
Rates continued their flattening trend last week, led by weakness on the front-end of the curve as the Fed minutes were interpreted by the market to be somewhat hawkish. The spread between 2-year and 10-year Treasury notes compressed another two basis points to a three-week low of 28 bps. The Fed meeting minutes set the path for continued hiking of the policy rate, given the Committee’s view of the risk of potential asset bubbles. Specifically, the minutes revealed that “A few participants expected that policy would need to become modestly restrictive for a time… and it would be necessary to temporarily raise the federal funds rate above the assessment of its longer-run level in order to reduce the risk of a sustained overshooting of the 2% inflation objective or the risk posed by significant financial imbalances.”
As it relates to asset bubbles, the minutes suggested that “some participants commented about the continued growth in leveraged loans, the loosening of terms and standards on these loans, or the growth of this activity in the nonbank sector as reasons to remain mindful of vulnerabilities and possible risks to financial stability.”
In other economic news, industrial production was reported to have risen 0.3% in September with notable strength in mining and orders for durable goods. Also, retail sales came in slightly below consensus expectations, gaining 0.1% in September due to a slower pace of sales at gas stations and restaurants.
The Look Forward
The data calendar is full this week features updates on the manufacturing sector, housing prices, as well as personal income and spending.
Sources: Bloomberg Finance L.P., (Treasuries) Chatham Financial (Swap Curves), FHLB Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Des Moines for FHLB Advance Rates. Wells Fargo Brokered CD Indications.
Market Implied Policy Path (Overnight Indexed Swap Rates)
Source: Chatham Financial
Fixed Income Snapshot
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