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About Tipswatch

Author of Tipswatch.com blog, David Enna is a long-time journalist based in Charlotte, N.C. A past winner of two Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards, he has written on real estate and home finance, and was a founding editor of The Charlotte Observer's website.

New 10-Year TIPS Gets Real Yield Of -0.93%, Lowest In History

Summary There have been 104 auctions of this 9- to 10-year term since 1997 and today’s result was a record low yield, by a large margin. The inflation breakeven rate came in at 1.52%, a reasonable number but higher than … Continue reading

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There Are Reasons To Like This New 10-Year TIPS

Summary The real yield for CUSIP 912828ZZ6 could end up around -0.82%, the lowest in the 23-year history of TIPS auctions of this term. Fears of future inflation – spurred by massive monetary and fiscal stimulus programs – should attract … Continue reading

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U.S. Inflation Surged 0.6% In June, Powered By Higher Gas Prices

Summary Both all-items inflation and core inflation rose faster in June than the consensus estimates. Will any of this alter the Federal Reserve’s commitment to ultra-low interest rates? No. The June inflation report offers a glimmer of hope for a … Continue reading

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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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10-Year TIPS Reopening Gets Real Yield Of -0.47%, Lowest Since 2013

Summary In its five-month auction history, CUSIP 912828Z37 showed remarkable volatility, with a swing of 115 basis points from March to May. Today’s real yield of -0.47% was the lowest at auction for any 9- to 10-year TIPS since March … Continue reading

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After A Surreal Surge, This 10-Year TIPS Is Now Depressingly Normal

Summary The Treasury will reopen a 10-year TIPS at auction on Thursday, with the real yield to maturity expected to be well below zero. This TIPS — CUSIP 912828Z37 — had an amazing reopening auction in March, just as Treasury … Continue reading

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Here’s Why You Should Shun Treasury’s New 20-Year Bond

Summary The 20-year bond will re-launch Wednesday for the first time since 1986 at a regularly scheduled auction. The nominal yield should be about 1.05%. The Treasury will raise $20 billion in this auction, part of a massive borrowing effort … Continue reading

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