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Federal officials suggest interest rates will remain stable despite a rise in long-term yields.

Stable Interest Rates Hinted by Fed Officials Amidst Surge in Long-Term Yields

Federal Reserve Officials Suggest Stabilization of Interest Rates

Federal Reserve officials Lorie Logan and Philip Jefferson have hinted at the possibility of stabilizing interest rates in response to the recent surge in long-term rates. This comes as the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note reaches a 16-year high of approximately 4.8%, resulting in increased borrowing costs across various sectors.

Borrowing Costs on the Rise

The surge in borrowing costs is evident in the national average 30-year mortgage rate, which has reached a 23-year high of 7.5%. Additionally, corporate bond yields have also escalated, impacting business borrowing costs. These concerns were discussed by officials at a meeting of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE).

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Potential Impact on Fed’s Benchmark Rate

Logan, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, suggested that if long-term rates remain high, there may be less need to raise the Fed’s benchmark rate. Jefferson, vice chair of the Fed’s board and an ally of Chair Jerome Powell, agreed with this viewpoint.

Addressing Inflation Concerns

The Federal Reserve has been combatting severe inflation by gradually increasing its short-term rate from near zero to approximately 5.4% through 11 hikes since last year. However, this aggressive approach has raised concerns about a potential recession.

Considering Higher Bond Rates

Jefferson assured the NABE that future policy decisions would take into account the higher bond rates. Logan also emphasized that higher long-term bond rates could assist in achieving the central bank’s inflation target of 2%.

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Implications of Rising Treasury Yields

The yield on the U.S. Treasury’s 10-year note has been steadily rising since July, reaching a level not seen in over 16 years. This increase has had an impact on various borrowing costs, including mortgages and corporate bonds.

In conclusion, the surge in long-term yields may influence future Federal Reserve policy decisions, potentially leading to stable interest rates if these high yields persist.

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