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Posted By Peter Boockvar On April 28, 2009 @ 4:39 pm In MacroNotes | Comments Disabled

While commodity prices have sold off the past 2 days due to concerns
with the impact that swine flu will have on global growth, the implied
inflation rate in the 10 yr TIPS today has risen to the highest level
since early Oct at 1.51%. The dynamics impacting the bond market remain
the concerns with huge amounts of supply that would most impact the
longer end of the curve as the shorter end is more influenced by fed
policy (2 yr and 5 yr auctions were good), a slowing rate of economic
deterioration based on recent data, bigger picture inflation concerns
due to the Fed’s monetization of govt debt and lastly a possible game of
chicken between the Fed and the bond market as the 10 yr yield is at the
same level it was the exact day before the FOMC announced their plan to
buy Treasuries. Does Bernanke admit to himself that fighting the market
is probably a bad idea or does he think rates would be higher without
him and double down as a result.

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