The data remain consistent with the BBVA baseline expectation of three additional Fed funds rate increases in 2018 and two in 2019. The yield curve slope between the 2-year and 10-year Treasury notes flattened, fluctuating between 41 and 54 basis points. The baseline remains for a gradual increase in long-term yields.
Long-term yields have moved up as the 10-year Treasury yield is expected to cross the 3.0% threshold – a level not seen since January 2014. The climb in long-term yields is backed by an increase in inflation expectations.
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