10-Year Bond Yield
The 10-year yield made a new cycle high just before the Jackson Hole meeting. That is significant, as it not only broke the lower-high-lower-low pattern since last October, but also rejected the hypothesis, “we have seen the cycle high in interest rates,” which was the consensus at the start of 2023.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of a slew of major bank mergers: Wells Fargo/Norwest, Banc One/First Chicago, NationsBank/BankAmerica, Star Bank/Firstar, First Union/CoreStates Financial, and SunTrust/Crestar Financial. Who knew the KBW Bank Index would celebrate the occasion by returning to its price level of that same era?!