Federal Reserve official warns on inflation, interest rates

| October 30, 2006 | 0 Comments

US Treasury bonds saw prices drop and yields rise after Jeffrey Lacker, the president of the Richmond, Virginia Federal Reserve bank made comments indicating that interest rate hikes were not out of the question, that there was still pressure toward inflation, and that the economy could be tightened further. Mr. Lacker was the only one to vote for a hike in rates at the Fed’s last meeting.

Elsewhere, new data showed US personal income 0.5 percent higher in September, more than had been anticipated, while personal consumption was up less than had been predicted at only a 0.1 percent rise in September. However, the PCE price index was up 2.4 percent year-on-year, more than the 2 percent gain that some Fed officials have said was the high end of the acceptable range.

At late morning in New York the two-year Treasury bond was 1.2 basis points higher to 4.767 percent, while ten-year bonds were up 0.6 basis points to a yield of 4.683 percent.

In the Eurozone, yields were mixed after sell-offs in the US bond market and slow demand for a new auction of government bonds in Italy. The two-year Schatz added 1 basis point to yield 3.723 percent, but the ten-year Bund lost 1.6 basis points to 3.789 percent.

Meanwhile, in the UK, gilts were mixed as well on strong date from the housing market. Two-year gilts added 5.9 basis points to 4.088 percent. Ten-year gilts, on the other hand, dropped 3.6 basis points to 4.564 percent.

In Japan, the ten-year government bond was 1 basis point lower to a yield of 1.730 percent after the Nikkei index dropped 1.9 percent ahead of the Bank of Japan’s latest summary of prices and the economy, published every six months and due on Tuesday.

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