What’s Next for Bond Markets After the Election

Economic Blog

Bond markets have had quite a ride since Election Day. The 10-year Treasury yield had been climbing very slowly in the months leading up to the election as the economy improved, but possibly also in anticipation of a potential Democratic sweep that could lead to a larger stimulus package. As shown in the LPL Chart of the Day, as polls were starting to close on Election Day, the 10-year Treasury yield had moved above 0.90%, a level at which it had not closed since June and then only barely. But then early results out of Florida and North Carolina let us know that this would be a closer election than many thought, and yields fell dramatically. Continue reading

3 Election Charts That Caught Our Attention

Market Blog

Stocks just had their best week since April, with the S&P 500 Index incredibly a chip shot away from new all-time highs. Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States, but markets are confident Republicans will maintain the Senate, and this means gridlock in Washington. Remember, gridlock is good, as it pulls policy towards compromise and avoids extremes. Also, any legislative changes to taxes, regulation, and capital gains will have meaningful input from both parties. Continue reading