Investors Watch Uncertainty in Bond Yields as Fed Officials Vary Rate Cut Forecasts

By Eleanor Harrison Mar27,2024
Investors ponder economic outlook as U.S. Treasury yields decline

When yields decrease, prices increase. That is a fundamental relationship in finance that investors closely monitor, especially when it comes to treasury bonds. One basis point equals 0.01%, and when the yield of a bond decreases by just one basis point, the price of the bond increases.

Federal Reserve officials are giving investors a lot of uncertainty to work with as they try to gauge the outlook for the economy. There’s no clear indication yet on when or how often interest rates will be cut this year, and some policymakers believe there may be fewer than three rate cuts as previously forecasted.

Recent data has shown mixed results for the economy. Durable goods orders rose more than expected in February, but consumer confidence has declined in optimism about the future. Fed Governor Christopher Waller is expected to give remarks later on Wednesday, and Thursday will see important data such as weekly initial jobless claims and the final reading of US GDP for Q4 released.

The most anticipated data of the week is set to be released on Friday, including personal consumption expenditures price index – the Fed’s preferred inflation measure – as well as personal income and spending figures. With Good Friday closed, traders’ reactions to this data will have to wait until next week.

By Eleanor Harrison

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