Viewpoint- April 2023

Chart of the Month

If you are a person that likes a thrill, this chart of a 2-Year US Treasury is for you! This shows how 2-Year rates have changed over the past 2 months and it has an uncanny resemblance to a roller coaster – slowly climbing to its peak before the thrilling plummet and following ups and downs. The only thing this chart does not have is a loop, although we could imply that this chart does not exist without Fed and Government actions coming “full circle.”

Why does this chart matter? The 2-Year Treasury is the market’s most indicative signal as it relates to the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy. March 2023 marked the 1-year anniversary of when the Fed first began hiking interest rates this cycle to crimp demand and slow inflation. They have hiked an equivalent of 4.75% in this first year. This quick Fed response brought about some challenges the market continues to digest and some high-profile bank failures (Silicon Valley, Signature Bank, and Credit Suisse) are at the top of the list. The result of these recent events has led to the roller coaster scenario shown in the chart where the market has rapidly repriced what they expect the Fed to do for the remainder of this year and whether additional cracks will begin to emerge.

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