Performance of 10-Year Treasury Yields
The 10-year Treasury yield has seen significant fluctuations over the period from October 15, 2023, to January 4, 2024. In October 2023, the yield was around 4.71% and reached a high of 4.98% on October 18, 2023. However, by the end of December 2023, the yield had declined to around 3.9%. This decline was a significant shift, as the yield had hit 5% earlier in October, its highest level since 2007.
Impact on Interest Rates
The performance of the 10-year Treasury yield is closely tied to interest rates. When yields rise, it often signals a drop in demand for Treasuries because investors are bullish about the economy and see less need to invest in safer investments, such as Treasuries. The Federal Reserve’s decisions on interest rates also play a crucial role. For instance, the central bank’s indication of potential rate cuts in 2024 has been a significant factor for investors.
Correlation with the Stock Market
The 10-year Treasury yield has a significant impact on the stock market. Higher bond yields can be a headwind for the stock market, as they mean more competition for stocks as an attractive alternative in investors’ portfolios. This was evident in the period under review, as the S&P 500 fell by 6% since the start of August 2023, as yields climbed. The rise in Treasury yields in 2023 led to a recalibration of the role stocks should play in investors’ portfolios, with many fund managers being overweight bonds for eight out of the ten months of 2023.
Influence on Inflation
Treasury yields rise with inflation to make up for the loss in purchasing power. Interest rates and bond yields both increase, and prices decrease when inflation exists. In December 2023, the 10-year Treasury yield was just above 3.9% after new inflation data showed cooling price pressures. This suggests that the yield’s performance can be influenced by inflation data and expectations.
The performance of the 10-year Treasury yield from October 15, 2023, to January 4, 2024, has had significant implications for interest rates, the stock market, and inflation. The fluctuations in the yield during this period have reflected changes in investor sentiment, economic conditions, and monetary policy decisions. As such, the 10-year Treasury yield remains a crucial indicator for market participants and policymakers alike.
I hope this lends insights into the correlation between treasury yields and the markets.
by Steve Macalbry
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