October 8, 2020 Headlines

Following a relatively quiet overnight session, Treasury prices are unchanged to slightly higher across the curve. The market seems to have found support levels after yields rose to four-month highs yesterday afternoon. Yesterday’s release of the September 16 FOMC minutes revealed some of the internal debate surrounding the shift to outcome-based forward guidance. The following excerpt is capturing the most attention: “Participants generally noted that outcome-based forward guidance for the federal funds rate of this type was not an unconditional commitment to a particular path.” In other words, committee members do want to maintain some flexibility with regard to future rate policy with regard to what criteria would have to proceed a rate hike (full employment and inflation above 2% for “some time”). Initial jobless claims came in above expectations at 840,000 last week, but on a positive note, continuing claims continue to fall on both a seasonally adjusted and non-seasonally adjusted basis.

Jason Haley
Chief Investment Officer

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10/6/20Trade Balance-$66.2b-$67.1b-$63.6b-$63.4b
10/6/20JOLTS Job Openings6500649366186697
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10/8/20Bloomberg Consumer Comfort49.3
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