Why Is The 10-Year U.S. Treasury Yield Still Sub-3%?

By | August 13, 2018
10-year treasury yield chart

10-Year Treasury Yield – MarketWatch

The two-pronged Federal Reserve mandate is to control inflation within a pre-determined range and maximize U.S. employment!

And from all observations the economy is fulfilling both with the unemployment rate reported July 2018 at 3.9% and the July CPI rising .2% with an annual increase in the core rate of 2.4%.

If the economy is running too hot or too cold, the fed funds rate is the Fed’s tool lowering rates to spur economic activity and tweak inflation higher or raising them to do the opposite.

The current economic data would seem to suggest that the Fed will remain on track to raise the federal funds rate a predicted 3 to 4 more times this year, putting it in approximately the upper 2% range, still well below pre-financial crisis rates.

Fed Funds Rate – Macrotrends

In addition the well respected JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon recently opined that “I think rates should be 4 percent today. You better be prepared to deal with rates 5 percent or higher – it’s a higher probability than most people think.” (source)

And yet, the 10-year treasury yield remains comfortably below the 3% range despite ‘a U.S. jobless rate below 4 percent, economic growth above 4 percent, and a rare surge in late-cycle government borrowing.’ (source)

And 30-year mortgage rates have only risen to a level last seen about 5-years ago when the unemployment rate was 7.3%  and the 10-year treasury was 2.74%.

historical mortgage rates

30-year mortgage rate – FRED

Why the disconnect between economic performance, price pressures and interest rates?

Is it because of angst around the world that’s resulting in a flight to quality keeping key interest rates muffled or is it because the bond markets, often referred to as the smart money, see something that other markets like stocks may not?

Only time will ultimately tell and we will continue to monitor the situation.

Michael Haltman, President
Hallmark Abstract Service

Heroes To Heroes Foundation, Board Chair

Phone: (646) 741-6101
Email: mhaltman@hallmarkabstractllc.com

3 thoughts on “Why Is The 10-Year U.S. Treasury Yield Still Sub-3%?

      1. Bob Keen

        Thanks Mike for all your input toward financial enlightenment.Bob Keen

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