Chart of the week

Rates are higher. And significantly more volatile.

As rates have risen, so has rate volatility. This week’s chart looks at the daily changes in the 2-year Treasury yield over the past year.

February 24, 2023 | 2 minute read

Daily change in 2-year Treasury yield

Source: Bloomberg Finance, L.P., as of February 22, 2023.

  • After racing out of the gates in January, the traditional 60/40 portfolio has stepped back in February as the Bloomberg Agg has given up nearly all its year-to-date gains, while the S&P 500 is down approximately -1.4% month to date.1
  • Amid recent strong economic data, expectations for the Fed’s terminal (peak) rate continue to move higher as markets assess the course of Fed policy amid sticky inflationary pressures.
  • Most notably, short-term rates have climbed relentlessly this year, with the 6-month and 2-year U.S. Treasury notes each hitting their highest point since 2007.1
  • Higher yields represent a potentially more attractive entry point for income-oriented investors. However, shorter-dated Treasuries and other traditional corporate fixed income investments carry significantly more volatility today versus a year ago.
  • With rate volatility notably higher, investors would be wise to consider the new risk-return tradeoff that even shorter-dated income investments may carry.

  • As of February 22, 2023. 60/40 portfolio refers to 60% S&P 500 Index and 40% Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index.

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