Data Points: Government Bond Update - May 2013
- U.S. Treasury yields post 14-month highs, climb 52 bps in month of May
- Economic data signals possible end to QE3
- Eurozone correction sends yields up in core and peripheral nations
Treasury yields climbed 52 basis points in May of 2013, with the yield on the 10 year note rising from 1.61% on May 1st to close the month at 2.13% after hitting a 14 month high of 2.23 on May 29th. The moves coincided with a series of strong reports on U.S. economic data, including the highest Consumer Confidence reading in the last five years and the highest existing home sales numbers since August of 2008. This combination of upbeat data was garnished with comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who implied that the Fed’s QE3 bond purchases may soon taper off. Tradeweb customers were active participants in the volatile market, helping to drive Treasury trading volumes for May up 14.3% over the same period last year.
The Eurozone saw a sizable correction in the month of May with yields on both core and peripheral Eurozone nations trading substantially higher. The German 10-year benchmark bund sold off by 27 bps from its near-record low of 1.15% on May 2nd to close at 1.47% by the end of May. Over the same period, yields on the Italian benchmark rose 36 bps and yields on the Spanish
10-year government bond rose 40 bps.
The German 10-year benchmark bund sold off by 27 bps from its near-record low of 1.15% on May 2nd to close at 1.47% by the end of May.