Fed to meet 2% inflation goal

epa05214832 Chair of the US Federal Reserve Janet Yellen responds to a question from the news media during a press conference at the Federal Reserve in Washington, DC, USA, 16 March 2016. The press conference comes at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), led by Fed Chair Yellen.  EPA/SHAWN THEW


The Treasury market is signaling inflation expectations are rising, and one metric shows traders anticipate cost increases will reach Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s 2 percent target.
The difference between yields on one-year U.S. government securities and same-maturity Treasury Inflation Protected Securities, a gauge of trader expectations for consumer prices over the life of the debt, climbed to 2.11 percentage points. The figure was the highest in two years.
Inflation expectations for the next decade rose to 1.67 percent this week, the highest level since August. Crude oil has rebounded from a 12-year low, raising speculation the gain will make it easier for the Fed to increase interest rates. Policy markers held off at their meetings in January and March, citing slow inflation and declines in energy prices among the reasons. “Over the next three to six months, we’re going to see a much stronger U.S. economy, and I think we’re definitely going to be seeing some hikes coming up,” said John Gorman, the head of U.S. debt trading for Asia and the Pacific in Tokyo at Nomura Holdings Inc. Inflation measures are “definitely trending higher.”
U.S. 10-year note yields were little changed at 1.93 percent. The price of the 1.625 percent note due in February 2026 was 97 1/4. The yield will be 2.3 percent to 2.4 percent by year-end, Gorman said.
Crude oil futures contracts have climbed almost 60 percent after bottoming in February at their lowest level since 2003.
The Fed’s preferred inflation gauge climbed 1.3 percent in January from the year before, based on the most recent data. It has surged from 0.2 percent as recently as October.
Treasuries are unattractive, said Soniya Chen, a government bond analyst at Hontai Life Insurance Co. in Taipei, with $6.2 billion in assets. “The yield is too low for us,” Chen said. Hontai prefers corporate bonds in the U.S., Asia and Europe, and has taken more risk over the past month, investing in global high-yield debt and emerging-market securities, she said.

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