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A few weeks back I detailed the rising rates on U.S. guaranteed debt instruments and how investors might take another trip down to their local bank and ask about current CD and savings rates. With interest rates on bank products sneaking up in response to the FED increasing the overnight rate three times in an attempt to rein in inflation, investors are starting to wake up to the fact that the typically anemic rates at their local bank and credit unions are creeping up and might be worth taking another look at.

In an event called an “inverted yield curve’, analysts are noting that when it occurs, it has been a dependable indicator a recession is on the horizon. But the inverted curve also has a bright spot for investors. 

The U.S. government finances its spending by issuing IOUs securities called Treasuries, bills, notes, and bonds. The different names indicate the length of time before you get your money back. Simply put, you “buy” the debt, and the U.S. in essence borrows your money and the receipt are these securities. 

Which debt issue you select is based on how long you wish to loan out your money for. 

Those familiar with CDs, bonds, and treasuries know that a 10-year debt issue normally pays more than a 30-day debt issue. The higher payment (the interest you get) for the longer terms is because you are making a longer commitment.

Right now, in some instances, the interest you get versus how long you normally wait before being paid is inverted, hence the name “inverted yield curve”. 

For example, right now, if you agree to loan your money out for two years, you might get more then if you committed to ten.

Wha?

Today’s rates are definitely an aberration as it relates to normal usury rates (what you get paid for how long you lend your money out). You get more interest the longer you agree to hold the debt.

Not so right now, at least between certain time frames. Two-year loans may pay you more than a ten-year loan.  This means in technical terms we have an inverted yield curve.

This rare occurrence is because buyers of debt are nervous about the outlook of the economy and are piling into longer-term debt instruments, such as the ten-year bond. This is because they are unsure about the near-term future of the stock market and are looking toward the U.S. guaranteed securities to protect principal.  

Higher demand for debt instruments like bonds and T-bills means the sellers of this debt don’t have to pay as much interest to entice buyers. 

In essence, strong demand for the longer-term bonds means lower interest needs to be paid and yields drop. Meanwhile, the interest rate for two years might remain the same or even rise. This drop in the ten-year note interest payments while the two-year remains the same means you might make more money by buying a two-year all the while getting your money back sooner.

This would suggest that, at this moment in time, while the yield curve is inverted, investors might take a look at CDs, savings accounts or Treasuries, which are short-term based, and get a decent yield without committing money for 2 or 3 decades.  

Savings accounts versus CDs yield curves is still normal, so savings, which are on-demand accounts, (meaning there is no time commitment) are paying less than a one-month, two months or six month Treasury, but overall it could be said rates are definitely above the near zero rates we all remember on savings, CDs and short term Treasuries. 

Searching the latest Treasury and CD prices on an advisor screen as of late last week, I was seeing one-month rates well north of 2% and three months well above 3% APR. Keep in mind rates can change daily and the above are only non-binding estimates. 

The bottom line is U.S. 100 % guaranteed bank debt such as savings, Treasury department-issued debt and CDs may be offering rates that could be worth considering for risk-averse investors that want to avoid the stock market at this time. 

Parking funds in U.S. government guaranteed issues will at least provide some yield while you wait for some clarity and normalcy in today’s markets.

“Watching the markets so you don’t have to”

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This article expresses the opinion of Marc Cuniberti and is not meant as investment advice, or a recommendation to buy or sell any securities, nor represents the opinion of any bank, investment firm or RIA, nor this media outlet, its staff, members or underwriters. Mr. Cuniberti holds a B.A. in Economics with honors, 1979, SDSU, and California Insurance License #0L34249. His website is moneymanagementradio.com, and was recently voted Best Financial Advisor in Nevada County. 530-559-1214

Marc Cuniberti

Marc Cuniberti

Marc Cuniberti hosts Money Matters Financial Radio and the Money Management Radio on KVMR FM and is carried on 67 stations nationwide. He is a financial columnist for the Union News and half a dozen newspaper publications. Marc holds a degree in Economics with Honors from San Diego State University. He is a registered financial advisor for Vantage Financial Group in Auburn, California. He holds California Insurance License 0L34249 and is the owner of BAP Inc. Insurance Services. He also owns Bay Area Process Inc., an engineering and services corporation. He is the founder and producer of the video series “Investing in Community” carried on NCTV and on hundreds of social media sites. He is also the founder and administrator of Money Matters, Investing in Community Video Series, Fire Insurance Information and Inquiries, Daily Laughter and Inspiration and Nevada City Peeps Facebook pages. He has appeared on NBC and ABC television and the subject of a host of TV documentaries for his financial insights, successfully calling the banking and real estate implosion of 2008 two years before it occurred. Marc holds a teaching certification in Tang Soo Do Korean martial arts and is a former big brother for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Nevada and Marin Counties. He is presently media consultant for the IFM Food Bank of Nevada County.