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U.S. Treasury yields rebounded strongly in early May amid investors optimism regarding debt ceiling resolution and evaluation of the outlook for central bank interest rate policy following conflicting statements from Fed officials last week regarding the necessity of halting rate hikes.
Discussions between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy could not reach an agreement Monday on how to raise the U.S. government’s $31.4 trillion debt ceiling with just 10 days left to head off a potential debt default but vowed to keep talking.
Last Friday, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell acknowledged persistently high inflation but indicated that interest rates may not need to rise as significantly as previously anticipated to address the issue, citing recent turbulence in the banking sector.
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note reached its highest level since mid-March, approaching the 3.7% mark, culminating in a weekly increase of approximately 22 basis points. This substantial spike can be largely attributed to mounting speculation that the Federal Reserve may find it necessary to implement another interest rate hike due to lingering concerns about inflation.
There is uncertainty surrounding the upcoming monetary policy decision, as the likelihood of a pause next month is now in doubt.
However, beneath these interest rate fluctuations lies a probability that investors are divesting themselves of government securities. This strategic divestment stems from apprehension surrounding the consequences of failing to raise the debt ceiling., which could result in a potential default by the U.S. government. This concern has triggered sudden changes in interest rates, underscoring the importance of the ongoing political negotiations concerning the nation’s fiscal stability.
For investors who have missed the monstrous run throughout 2020 and 2022, the bond market still presents an irresistible opportunity. The current landscape is primed for fixed income investments, with yields across various sectors near unprecedented heights. While uncertainty and volatility are expected to persist in 2023, the higher starting yields offer enticing return potential. Historically, strong performance has followed yield peaks.
Amidst the evolving market narratives of this year – encompassing notions of a soft landing, overheating, and credit crunch – one underlying theme has consistently emerged: Bonds are back in the spotlight.
The confluence of elevated macro uncertainty, an impending economic downturn, and higher yields has paved the way for a compelling shift in allocation toward fixed income. As global economies contend with the repercussions of tightening credit conditions and signs of strain emerge in the financial sector, astute investors recognize the winds of change.
Considering that credit tightening reduces the need for monetary tightening, it is likely the Federal Reserve is close to the end of its hiking cycle, while maintaining high interest rates for longer or until the U.S. economy enters a recession.
Investing in bonds can be a prudent choice for investors seeking stability, income, and diversification in their portfolios. By carefully evaluating their investment goals, risk appetite, and time horizon, investors can effectively incorporate bonds into their investment strategy to achieve a well-rounded portfolio that aligns with their financial objectives.
Bond exchange-traded products (ETPs) offer investors diversification, accessibility, transparency, income generation, liquidity, and cost efficiency. These benefits make bond ETPs an attractive option for investors looking to gain exposure to a diversified portfolio of bonds while enjoying the advantages of listed and tradable investment vehicles.
Active traders looking for magnified exposure to U.S. 10-Year Treasury Bond Yields may consider our +5x Long 7-10 Year Treasury Bond and -5x Short 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETPs.
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Sandeep joined Leverage Shares in September 2020. He leads research on existing and new product lines, asset classes, and strategies, with special emphasis on analysis of recent events and developments.
Sandeep has longstanding experience with financial markets. Starting with a Chicago-based hedge fund as a financial engineer, his career has spanned a variety of domains and organizations over a course of 8 years – from Barclays Capital’s Prime Services Division to (most recently) Nasdaq’s Index Research Team.
Sandeep holds an M.S. in Finance as well as an MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago.
Violeta joined Leverage Shares in September 2022. She is responsible for conducting technical analysis, macro and equity research, providing valuable insights to help shape investment strategies for clients.
Prior to joining LS, Violeta worked at several high-profile investment firms in Australia, such as Tollhurst and Morgans Financial where she spent the past 12 years of her career.
Violeta is a certified market technician from the Australian Technical Analysts Association and holds a Post Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from Kaplan Professional (FINSIA), Australia, where she was a lecturer for a number of years.
Julian joined Leverage Shares in 2018 as part of the company’s premier expansion in Eastern Europe. He is responsible for web content and raising brand awareness.
Julian has been academically involved with economics, psychology, sociology, European politics & linguistics. He has experience in business development and marketing through business ventures of his own.
For Julian, Leverage Shares is an innovator in the field of finance & fintech, and he always looks forward with excitement to share the next big news with investors in the UK & Europe.
Oktay joined Leverage Shares in late 2019. He is responsible for driving business growth by maintaining key relationships and developing sales activity across English-speaking markets.
He joined LS from UniCredit, where he was a corporate relationship manager for multinationals. His previous experience is in corporate finance and fund administration at firms like IBM Bulgaria and DeGiro / FundShare.
Oktay holds a BA in Finance & Accounting and a post-graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship from Babson College. He is also a CFA charterholder.
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