US 10-year treasury yields climb above 4.5% for first time in 16 years
2023-09-22 09:14AM UTC

US 10-year treasury yields surge on Friday for the fourth straight session, moving above 4.5% for the first time in 16 years after the bullish stance by the Fed.


The Federal Reserve buoyed the chances of another interest rate hike before the year end while raising growth, inflation forecasts.


US Yields


US 10-year treasury yields rose 0.3% to 4.509% , the highest since October 2007, after rising 1.9% yesterday, the third profit in a row, following strong US labor data.


A recent tumble in US unemployment claims last week to six-month lows also boosted the chance of another Fed interest rate hike this year. 


The Fed


As expected the Federal Reserve maintained interest rates unchanged at below 5.5%, already the highest since 2001.


It's a signal for the approaching end of the current policy tightening cycle.


The Fed stated the pause intends to give a longer chance for recent policy decisions to manifest their impact on US data, even as inflation remains stubbornly away from 2%.


The Fed said it'll continue to monitor data closely, especially labor and consumer prices data and global financial developments to determine the best path ahead for policies.



Economic Outlook


The Federal Reserve's economic outlook report released yesterday included important modifications:


Growth is now revised to 2.1% this year from 1.0% in June forecasts, while 2024 growth forecasts are revised to 1.5%, and 2025 forecasts are revised to 1.8%.


Total inflation forecasts are revised to 3.3% this year, and 2.5% next year, and 2.2% in 2025.


Core inflation forecasts are revise to 3.7% this year, and 2.6% next year, and 2.3% in 2025.


The Fed maintained forecasts for target interest rates at 5.75%, hinting strongly at another interest rate hike this year.




Fed Chair Jerome Powell said Wednesday the process of controlling inflation is a long-term one, and interest rates are likely to remain high for an extended duration to bring inflation down.


He added that another interest rate hike won't impact the economy much but will help bring inflation towards the 2% medium target.


Jerome Powell expects inflation to reach the 2% target by the end of 2025, while remaining above 3% this year , adding the Fed is focused mainly on core inflation more than main inflation, which is influenced by volatile energy prices.

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