Thursday, April 14, 2011

Inflation expectations in the bond market

Here's an update on inflation expectations as expressed by the bond market.   While much is being said right now about inflation expectations becoming unglued the 10 year [Treasury - TIP] difference is not showing anything exceptional yet.   As you can see from the chart inflation expectations (as expressed by nominal yields - 'real' TIPS yields) are getting back to their 'normal' range of around 2.5 percent.

10 year TIP yields are near the low end of the range but some of that is due to nominal yields slowly dropping over time, pushing the TIPS yields down so the difference remains relatively constant.  With QE2 slated to end and oil prices (as well as other base commodities) rising it will be interesting to see if the implied breakeven inflation rate rises above long term resistance of ~2.6 percent.

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