Economic News Blog
Posted by: Steven Kline, Jr. 20. November 2014

Real 10-Year Treasury Rate Lowest Since May 2013

The real 10-year treasury rate was 0.62% in October 2014. The real rate has been falling since March 2014. And, October was was the lowest the real rate has been since May 2013. Since July 2013, the year-over-year change in the real 10-year treasury rate has been falling. It has been in negative territory, meaning the rate is lower than it was one year ago, for three straight months.

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 (or continue) 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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