U.S. Treasury yields rose on Monday morning, with investors focusing on the Federal Reserve’s annual central banking event, due to be held later in the week.
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note added 1 basis point, rising to 1.273% at 4:10 a.m. ET. The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond rose 1 basis point to 1.886%. Yields move inversely to prices.
The Fed’s annual Jackson Hole, Wyo., symposium is due to take place virtuallyon Thursday and Friday. The event sees central bankers from around the world gather to discuss monetary policy.
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is set to deliver a speech, which will be livestreamed, at 10 a.m. ET on Friday. Investors will be listening closely for any indication as to when the Fed might look to start tapering its bond purchases.
Nomi Prins, author of “Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World,” told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Monday that she didn’t believe the Fed would announce a tapering of bond purchases at this meeting.
She suggested that this was because the effect of the spread of the delta variant continued to be seen, in the fact that it had forced the Fed to make the event virtual at the last minute.
“I think that Chairman Jerome Powell is going to step lightly as he did after the last minutes were said and say that “there is potential, we’re looking further, we’re data-oriented”, all the sorts of things that come into Fed speak,” Prins said.
But in terms of actual taper announcement and a specific timing, I don’t think that this particular Jackson Hole episode is the time or the place, and I think the Fed’s going to be cognizant of this because of the virtual globality really of it,” she added.
In terms of data due out on Monday, the Chicago Fed will release its July national economic activity index at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Markit is then set to release its purchasing managers’ index flash readings for August at 9:45 a.m. ET.
The number of existing home sales made in July is then due to come out at 10 a.m. ET.
Auctions are scheduled to be held on Monday for $51 billion of 13-week bills and $48 billion of 26-week bills.