Breakeven And TIPS

Given the indications of tightening in the Fed statement – both on rates and tapering – it’s surprising how little inflation breakeven moved. On the other hand, 5-year TIPS jumped 13 bps.

Figure 1: Five year inflation breakeven calculated as 5 year Treasury minus 5 year TIPS (blue, left scale), and five year TIPS yield (red, right scale). Source: Federal Reserve via FRED, Treasury, author’s calculations.

In line with the interpretation of rate changes moving forward, the 10yr-3mo term spread has trended sideways, while the 10yr-2yr has shrunk (i.e, the yield curve at the 2 year plus horizon has flattened).

Figure 2: 10 year – 3 month Treasury spread (blue), and 10 year – 2 year Treasury spread (red). Source: Federal Reserve via FRED, Treasury, and author’s calculations.

No inversion yet, but flattening does suggest slowing growth.

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