The Fed’s in waiting mode

With a third of the year over already, much of the market volatility encountered in late 2018 is fading in the rear-view mirror. While the China trade dispute has reemerged recently as a top risk for investors, markets are still generally positive for 2019. Brexit and uncertainty about future Fed…

The interest rate pendulum

When interest rates get whipsawed the way they have in the last couple of weeks, we believe some explanation is necessary. First and foremost, we don’t believe it is one particular issue but instead, a lot of balls in the air at the same time that are creating uncertainty. China,…

The Inversion Aversion

Most of 2018 played out according to plan in the bond market. Early in the year market strategist expected faster U.S. economic growth, higher inflation and a Federal Reserve that might be “behind the curve” in its efforts to head off inflation via higher interest rates. Tax cuts, healthy job…

Train Spotting

My first boss told me something years ago about the bond market that I’ll never forget. He said, “never stand in front of a moving train.” I think about it every time I trade. He meant that if interest rates (the train) start to move quickly in one direction and…

Headwinds

The second quarter of 2018 revealed little news in the bond market, as the generally range-bound trading that marked previous quarters remained in place. On May 11th, the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury bond reached 3.11 percent, and it appeared that interest rates were headed higher on the back…