There was a big repricing of inflation expectations over February, as the January Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed an uptick in inflation and the January Jobs report was much stronger than expected. Here are 3 things you need to know:
- 2yr U.S. inflation breakevens were up +85 basis points (bps) to 3.18%, having ended January at just 2.33%. This was the second largest monthly move higher since February 2009 after the +87bps move in October last year. (Source: Deutsche Bank, FRED Economic Data)
- February saw the 2-year Treasury yield increase more than +70bps and the 10-year Treasury yield increase more than +50bps. Yields move inversely to prices.
- Bloomberg’s Global Aggregate Bond Index had its worst February since inception in 1990. (Source: Bloomberg Finance LP)
Sources: J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Economic Update; Bureau of Economic Analysis (www.bea.gov); Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov); Federal Open Market Committee (www.federalreserve.gov); Bloomberg; FactSet.
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