Yields Down Across The US Curve, With A Modest Flattening Out To The Belly

We've seen a dramatic repricing of front-end inflation expectations since the beginning of the year, though the curve is still well above where the Fed would want it to be

YTD Change In US TIPS Inflation Breakevens | Sources: ϕpost, Refinitiv data


Wider Spreads Across The Credit Complex, Higher Yields Take US$ Liquid IG Down 3.58%, HY Down 1.41% YTD

In a note today, Credit Suisse points out that the recent weakness in US$ IG cash (worst yearly start ever) is likely to turn around after the March FOMC: with the first rate hike out of the way, rates volatility should start receding and demand for IG should come back, bringing spreads tighter

USD IG Cash Performance YTD | Source: Credit Suisse


Broad Slide For US Equities Takes S&P 500 Drawdown To 5% Below All-Time Highs

The S&P 500 energy was the lone positive sub-index today, hitting its highest level since 2019, as Brent crude front-month futures reached prices not seen since 2014; real market tightness in the spot market is likely to materialize later this year, with some OPEC+ members unable to meet their current production quotas

Current drawdowns for S&P 500 Sub Indices | Sources: ϕpost, Refinitiv data


Rates Differentials Take US Dollar Higher Against Euro, Swissie, Sterling

Euro implied volatilities have become more skewed to the downside over the past month, while risk reversals are showing less bias to a strengthening yen (lower risk aversion)

Euro 1-Month Implied Volatility Smile | Sources: ϕpost, Refinitiv data


US Yields Rise Out To The Belly, With Further Flattening At The Long End Of The Curve

Forward rates continue to price in a very shallow hiking cycle, with only 3 hikes expected from 2023 to 25: this reflects both anemic forward growth expectations (flattening US TIPS 5s30s) and the Fed's possible use of more aggressive QT to accelerate its normalization efforts

Fed Hikes Priced Into Eurodollar Futures For 2023, 2024, 2025 | Sources: ϕpost, Refinitiv data


Mixed Total Returns For US$ Liquid Corporate Bonds This Week, With IG Down 0.62% and HY Up 0.17%

Summary of US$ corporate bond issuance this week (IFR data): 12 Tranches for US$6.8bn in HY (2022 YTD volume US$11.815bn vs 2021 YTD US$22.61bn), 61 Tranches for US$44.601bn in IG (2022 YTD volume US$107.001bn vs 2021 YTD US$79.585bn)

1W Change In US$ Corporate Bonds Options-Adjusted Spreads | Sources: ϕpost, FactSet data


US Equities Fall For A Second Straight Week, With the S&P 500 Down 0.30% This Week, Nasdaq -0.28%, Russell 2000 -0.80%

Disappointing volumes for US ECMs, with less-than-ideal market conditions: this week saw just $1bn in IPOs, $2bn in SPAC IPOs, $1bn in Accelerated Book Builds / Blocks, and $425m in convertibles

Value has caught up with growth over the past 6 weeks | Source: Refinitiv


Looking At GSCI Sub-Indices, Energy Is Off To A Great Start This Year, Led By Natural Gas And Heating Oil

Among macro trends, shipping has seen a continued slide since the beginning of the year (Baltic dry index down 20% YTD and down 69% since October), while EV-related base metals have done really well (Lithium up 20% and Nickel up 10% YTD)

S&P GSCI Energy Year-To-Date Performance By Sub-Indices | Sources: ϕpost, FactSet


Widening Rates Differentials With The US Curve Take Down Euro, Swissie To End Week

Good week for major currencies against the dollar, with gains across the board, led by the Japanese Yen, Canadian Dollar and Pound Sterling

FX Majors Performance Against The US$ This Week | Sources: ϕpost, Refinitiv data


Yields Rise As US Rates Markets Look Through Big Miss In Retail Sales, Weaker Industrial Production

The Fed is in a difficult situation as there is limited scope for more than 5 hikes in 2022 without inverting the spot curve (many forward curves are already inverted); so they will likely choose to use QT as a policy tool to steepen the forward curve, despite the reduced market appetite for duration

US Treasury Curve Spreads | Sources: ϕpost, Refinitiv data


Spreads Widen Across The Credit Complex, Though IG Bonds Rose On Lower Yields

US$ Investment grade issuance is off to the fastest pace ever, with $102 bn already raised since the beginning of the year according to a Credit Suisse analysis

Fastest start ever for IG issuance | Source: Credit Suisse


US Equities Slide On Profit Taking As 4Q 2021 Earnings Season Gets Under Way

The risk-off move has been fairly limited so far, with 44% of S&P 500 stocks rising today and over 60% still above their 50-day moving average

Range Of Prices For S&P 1500 Sectors Over The Past Year | Sources: ϕpost, Refinitiv data