Halyard’s Weekly Wrap – 02/18/22
The front end of the interest rate markets have priced in between 0.75% and 1.00% of tightening over the past several months. The one year US Treasury Bill has risen to 1.0% from 20bps in early December. The Two year US Treasury Note similarly has increased to 1.48% from around 50bps in December. The Two year note briefly traded above 1.60% at the end of last week as St. Louis Fed President Bullard began pounding the table for more immediate policy changes than the market had been expecting based on Powell’s measured and deliberate pace. Yields have fallen a touch since then – being walked lower by Ukraine – Russia geopolitical risks and the release of the FOMC January meeting’s minutes, which showed an inclination to move faster but no hint of an imminent 50 bps increase.