Interest Rate Roundup

Thursday, June 05, 2008

ECB to raise rates?

Wow -- European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet just threw a hand grenade into the bond pits, saying ...

"We had a number of us thinking that, all taken into account, that we had a case for increasing rates ... It's not excluded that after having carefully examined the situation that we could decide to move our rates for a small amount at our next meeting in order to secure the solid anchoring of inflation expectations."

In other words, the ECB is openly talking about a rate HIKE at its next meeting in July. European bond prices dropped in response, and U.S. Treasuries fell in sympathy. Long bond futures were recently down 25/32 and 10-year yields were up 4 basis points to 4.02%.


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