Uh Oh

Uh Oh

January 29, 2018 Off By Chuck

It should be no surprise to anyone bond yields are rising. What may be of surprise is that we MAY have just turned the corner and entering our first bond bear market in more than 30+ years.  As you can see in the 5-year weekly chart of 10-year US Treasury bond yields that we just broke out from a rounded base which target projects up to 2013’s high water mark, labeled T1.

While this chart may not look as if it has formed a bearish reversal (bear market), turning to the much longer-term view of Treasury 10-year rates we see they have broken and closed above their downtrend line for the first time in 30+ years. Breaks of downtrends are interesting but carry less weighting without higher highs and higher lows being formed. Without them, its more than likely to turn out to be just a counter-trend bounce.

While this is definitely a HUGE yellow caution flag, my interpretation is that until they break and hold above (not just rise up to) 2013’s peak, I would not be overly concerned. Why? Because virtually everyone is aware (the FED has been telling us they will be raising rates for eons) and the smart money is positioned accordingly. Markets move most when most involved are surprised, which is not the case here. As such, I fully expect the market to do exactly what you would expect it would do when everyone knows what is coming … the exact opposite of what is expected. So, until this reversal question is finally resolved, because of bonds effect on other investments, there are potential major changes on the horizon. I don’t need to say it but we are in interesting times and investors need to keep a close watch on what unfolds with intermediate and longer-term bonds in the weeks and months ahead.