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The Bullard Effect, Put Buyers Return

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All it took to derail the month long Treasury rally were hawkish comments by Bullard that rates are not restrictive and belong above 5%, perhaps well above, quipped one desk this morning.
  • While year-end 3M futures relatively stable since Bullard spoke, 2023 levels under considerable pressure as Fed terminal rate has climbed to 5.0% from 4.93% in Jun'23 earlier vs. 5.08% pre-CPI. Fed funds implied hike for Dec'22 back to 50.9bp, Feb'23 cumulative +2.4bp to 87.3bps (84.9bp earlier) to 4.722%.
  • Derivatives update: downside insurance buyers via puts, absent since the Oct CPI miss renewed hopes for rate hike step-down in December into early 2023 (and eventually revitalizing talk of rate cuts later next year), are seeing a comeback on today's sell-off in Eurodollar and SOFR futures: Reds (Dec'23-Sep'24) -0.120-0.140.
  • Treasury options seeing return of put buyers as well (+3,800 TYH 109.5/110 put strip, 135-138).
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All it took to derail the month long Treasury rally were hawkish comments by Bullard that rates are not restrictive and belong above 5%, perhaps well above, quipped one desk this morning.
  • While year-end 3M futures relatively stable since Bullard spoke, 2023 levels under considerable pressure as Fed terminal rate has climbed to 5.0% from 4.93% in Jun'23 earlier vs. 5.08% pre-CPI. Fed funds implied hike for Dec'22 back to 50.9bp, Feb'23 cumulative +2.4bp to 87.3bps (84.9bp earlier) to 4.722%.
  • Derivatives update: downside insurance buyers via puts, absent since the Oct CPI miss renewed hopes for rate hike step-down in December into early 2023 (and eventually revitalizing talk of rate cuts later next year), are seeing a comeback on today's sell-off in Eurodollar and SOFR futures: Reds (Dec'23-Sep'24) -0.120-0.140.
  • Treasury options seeing return of put buyers as well (+3,800 TYH 109.5/110 put strip, 135-138).