Market Implied Expected Rates

Interestingly, if implied forwards are to be believed, the Fed won’t be raising rates too fast.

First, forwards as the 5 year inflation break even moves up.

Figure 1: Implied Treasury yield 2-3 months ahead, % (blue, left scale), and 5 year inflation breakeven, calculated as simple difference between Treasury and TIPS yield (brown, right scale). Source: Treasury via FRED, and author’s calculations.

Second, forwards as the price of oil (WTI) rises.

Figure 2: Implied Treasury yield 2-3 months ahead, % (blue, left scale), and price of oil, WTI, $/bbl (black, right log scale). 3/1 and 3/2 observations are near month futures. Source: Treasury, EIA via FRED, NYMEX, and author’s calculations.

Of course, the calculation of forwards abstracts from any term premia, and the the calculation of inflation breakeven abstracts from term and liquidity premia (see this post).