Economic News Blog
Posted by: Steven Kline, Jr. 17. September 2014

Change in Real 10-Yr Treasury Rate Goes Negative

The real 10-year treasury rate was 0.84% in August 2014. This was the lowest real 10-year rate since June 2013. The real rate has fallen from 1.43% in December 2013. Since July 2013, the year-over-year change in the real 10-year treasury rate has been falling. It is now in negative territory, meaning the rate is lower than it was one year ago, for the first time since September 2012. 

The 10-year treasury rate is good leading indicator of the money supply, consutrction spending, and consumer durable goods spending. Currently, the trend in the change in the interest rate is moving in a direction that would indicate growth in the money supply, construction spending, and consumer durable goods spending. Interest rate changes tend to lead these data points by 12-15 months. Therefore, we should expect to see accelerating growth in these data points begin between now and the end of the year.


The real Fed funds rate is an important leading indicator for the following industries: appliancesautomotivecustom processorsfurniture manufacturinghardwareHVACmetalcutting job shopsoff-road/construction machinerypetrochemical processorsplastics/rubberpumps/valves/plumbing productstextiles/clothing/leather goods; and wood/paper.

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