Small Business Optimism Falls to Recovery Low

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Rising COVID-19 cases and concern about the policy environment put a dent in small business optimism in the month of December, the index’s second straight monthly decline. As shown in the LPL Chart of the Day, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index, a survey of more than 500 firms, declined in December to 95.9, falling below the long-term average index value since 1973 of 98. Further, 9 of the 10 index components declined, while only one—satisfaction with current inventory—managed to improve. Continue reading

Treasuries Hit Key Levels

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Treasury yields hit two key levels the first week of 2021. As shown in the LPL Chart of the Day, the 10-year Treasury yield moved above 1% for the first time since March 2020, and the 10-year breakeven inflation rate, a measure of Treasury market-implied inflation expectations, climbed above 2% for the first time since November 2018. Continue reading