In mid-December, the Federal Reserve increased its benchmark interest rate for the first time since 2006—and Treasury yields have been falling ever since. While that may seem puzzling, the Fed actually has little influence on all but very short-term interest rates. In fact, the 1-year Treasury yield has actually doubled since the beginning of 2015. However, longer-dated Treasury yields have fallen by 10-20% over the same time period. Longer-term interest rates are more impacted by investors expectations of future economic growth, which have been trending lower recently. When uncertainty and pessimism abound, investors still flock to Treasuries to help them sleep at night.
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