Trade Tariffs Impact on Rates: A Tempest in a Teapot?

Last Week: Interest rates were mixed, while equities traded lower on the week due to increasing trade frictions between the United States and China. Yields on US 10-year Treasury notes fell to 2.8135% from 2.8556% the week prior while 1-month LIBOR continued its steady march higher to 1.8750% from 1.8408% over the same period. Oil […]

Resist the Hype: Fed to Hike Three Times in 2018

Last Week: Interest rates were mixed, and global equities dipped on the week amid growing trade concerns. Yields on 10-year US Treasury notes fell 5 basis points to 2.85%, while 1-month LIBOR continued its steady ascent higher to 1.8221% from 1.7648% the week prior. Oil was little changed at $61.25, the US Dollar strengthened while […]

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Rates are on the Rise: What Smart Borrowers are Doing Now

Regardless of your or our personal opinion, it’s undeniable that interest rates are steadily climbing higher.  As borrowers contemplate the pain a world of higher rates will bring, one thing is crystal clear: the cost of financing is becoming more and more expensive; higher rates are likely to raise financing costs and reduce asset values, especially […]

Three vs. Four Rate Hike Debate Rages as Markets Eye Inflation

Last Week: Interest rates and equities both traded higher on the week, benefiting from a decline in volatility and easing fears of faster rate hikes from the Fed. Yields on 10-year US Treasury notes rose 3 basis points on the week to 2.90%, while 1-month LIBOR continued its steady move higher to 1.7503% from 1.7017% […]

Greed vs Fear Tug-of-War to Set Rate’s Future Path

Last Week: US interest rates were mixed and equities fell for the week on concerns that a rise in US protectionism could intensify global trade tensions and stifle economic growth. Rising fears the Fed will hike four times in 2018, rather than three, added to the mix. The US 10-year Treasury note peaked at 2.8938% […]