Recent Inflation Will Abate
- Posted by Greg Harmon
- on February 27th, 2014
That is what the Bond Market is saying. The chart below shows the the CRB Index (an inflation measure) with the Treasury Inflation Protected Bonds ($TIP) as the blue area. The TIP’s are the Bond market equivalent of a measure of inflation as they adjust to protect holders from losing value due to changes in inflation. These bonds have been right before too. Looking at point A as the CRB Index started to fall so did the TIP’s, indicating inflation would be lower. At point B the TIP’s refused to follow the CRB Index higher and it did fall back. Now with the spike from the middle of January TIP’s are refusing to follow again. And over the last week the CRB has consolidated, printing a Shooting Star reversal candle in the middle of the consolidation. Momentum is waning as well with the Relative Strength Index (RSI) hitting 80 and leveling.
Knowing where inflation is headed is important for equity traders as controlling it is part of the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate. And with the primary focus being on how fast the taper will continue we got a clue from the Federal Reserve during this rise in the CRB as to where we should focus our attention. The Fed uses a totally different measure, the Core PCE, but as it does not print daily we need a proxy. Their concerns about inflation seem much more inline with TIP’s than the CRB.
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Gregory W. Harmon CMT, CFA, has traded since 1986 and held senior positions including Head of Global Trading, Head of Product Development, Head of Strategy and Director of Equity. (More)
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