From the desk of Steve Strazza @Sstrazza
Our Top 10 report was just published. In this weekly note, we highlight 10 of the most important charts or themes we’re currently seeing in asset classes around the world.
Island Reversals And Interest Rates
One of the biggest things the bears have going for them right now is the fact that the 10-Year Yield is trapped beneath the critical 1.40% level. As long as that remains the case, the trend is lower for rates, and higher for US Treasuries. But we want to stay keenly aware of any signs of a trend reversal as we continue to see a barrage of mixed signals when it comes to risk appetite around the globe.
In the chart below we’re looking at an island reversal formation in the 30-Year which recently sent the yield back above its key 1.90% level. Why are we looking at the 30-year? Don’t we usually use the 5-Year as a leading indicator? As always, the tools we want to use boil down to the kind of market we’re in. Right now yields are trending lower while spreads are contracting. This tells us that the long end of the curve is moving at a faster rate than the short end. For this reason, we’re watching the 30-Year for clues on the 10 and 5. And right now, it is above our risk level. Maybe the 10-Year follows and reclaims 1.40. Or maybe the 30-Year breaks back below 1.90% and catches down to the 10. We should know soon.