Fixed income market: the week ahead

Bonds
Althea Spinozzi

Fixed Income Strategist

Summary:  Prepare for a slow week ahead. US Treasury auctions will be dictating sentiment in the bond market as a record $176 billion will be issued today and tomorrow in 2-, 5- and 7- year bonds. In Europe, the focus will be on the Brexit deal that will push Gilt yields higher to test their resistance line at 0.45% if approved.


We don’t expect much noise in the market this week as many are still recovering from last week’s Christmas festivities.

Yet, the US Treasury is on the way to issue a record $176 billion bonds with 2-, 5- and 7-year maturities between today and tomorrow. Thus, it continues to be crucial to monitor 10-year Treasury yields and their ascent towards the 1% pivotal level. Now that President Trump has signed a stimulus bill, the only other element missing to see higher yields is the January 5th Georgia Senate runoff. Suppose Democrats secure both senate seats, thus gain control of Congress. In that case, there could be scope to unleash more fiscal stimulus to support the economic recovery, ultimately pushing yields above the 1% level.

Image 1: 10-year Treasury yields. Source: Bloomberg.

The UK Parliament vote on Brexit this Wednesday will be impossible not to follow even though many will be preparing for New Year celebrations. On Friday, ten-year Gilt yields closed around nine basis points higher from opening at 0.28% as the UK and Europe found common grounds for a Brexit deal. Suppose everything goes smoothly and there are no surprises in approving the deal. In that case, we can expect Gilt yields to continue to move higher and even to test their 0.45% resistance line.

Image 2: 10-year Gilt yields. Source: Bloomberg.

Let’s not forget that this is a special week because as of yesterday, vaccinations against Covid-19 have started in Europe too. Positive news might give a push to the European stock market and slow down European sovereigns’ rally.

Economic Calendar

Monday, December 28th

  • United States: 3-Months Bill Auction, 6-Months Bill Auction, 2-Year Note Auction, 5-Year Note Auction, CFTC Net Position for Gold, Oil and S&P 500.
  • United Kingdom: CFTC GBP NC Net Positions
  • Japan: CFTC JPY NC Net Positions
  • Eurozone: CFTC EUR NC Net Positions
  • Australia: CFTC AUD NC Net Positions

Tuesday, December 29th

  • United States: Redbook Index, S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, 7-year Note Auction

    Wednesday, December 30th

  • Germany: EUR Retail Sales
  • Switzerland: KOF Leading Indicator, ZEW Survey
  • United States: Chicago Purchasing Managers' Index, Pending Home Sales
  • United Kingdom: UK Parliamentary Vote on Brexit

Thursday, December 31st

  • China: Non-Manufacturing PMI
  • United States: Continuing and Initial Jobless Claims

Friday, January 1st – New Year's Day

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