Thursday, October 08, 2009

Quick Look at TIPS and Beyond

On the radar: U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIP; above) are making multi-month highs, amidst the weak dollar and strong gold. I've noticed a tick up in inflation talk among traders as well. With unemployment--not inflation--making the headlines, the Fed hardly has the political cover to begin serious talk of rate increases. With the Reserve Bank of Australia hiking rates, however, there are concerns that we are just a bit closer to the long-awaited exit from monetary ease. Meanwhile, higher Aussie rates only fuel the carry trade that has traders selling U.S. dollars and finding higher yielding alternatives elsewhere.