Monthly Archives: June 2020

Social Security COLA Is Diving Toward Zero

Summary The Social Security Administration uses an esoteric inflation index and only three months of data to determine the COLA. As of the May inflation report, the COLA would be set to zero. But May’s number is pretty much irrelevant … Continue reading

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5-Year TIPS Reopening Gets Real Yield Of -0.766%, Lowest Since 2013

Summary Demand looked strong at this auction, with the real yield falling about 7 basis points from the secondary market’s yield earlier in the morning. The inflation breakeven rate came in at 1.10%, a reasonable number given our uncertain deflationary … Continue reading

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5-Year TIPS Reopening Heads Toward Worst Yield In 7+ Years

Summary The real yield looks likely to drop to about -0.65%, the lowest yield for any auction of this term since April 2013. The inflation breakeven rate is running at about 0.98%, up from recent lows but still attractive as … Continue reading

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Deflationary Trend Continues As May Inflation Fell -0.1%

Summary Price declines reflected the effects of COVID-19 shutdowns, with gas prices falling, along with prices of auto insurance, air travel, apparel and lodging away from home. Price increases hit more necessary items: Food, shelter, medical care and, alcohol. How … Continue reading

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