Given our assumption of no December taper and the fact that most of the recent rise in interest rates is due to an early-taper fear, we expect the 10-year yield to drop back to the 250 level.
Ben Bernanke seems at peace with his looming retirement from the Fed. He’s certainly more relaxed and confident, and even looks more youthful. So much so, in fact, that Ben’s last appearance had me thinking of a young Tom Cruise - or more specifically, Cruise’s character Pete Mitchell (“Maverick”) in the 1986 film Top Gun. Remember when Maverick froze up during a dogfight with a Soviet MiG fighter, with his crosshairs trained perfectly on it?
Maverick: “Uh, it’s not good. It doesn’t look good.”
More upside surprises are still likely and, despite the disappointing jobs report, the overall economic picture still supports a September taper. The improving economic picture is not just happening within the U.S., but in other major countries. We still believe the upside for the U.S. 10-year is limited.