MBS RECAP: Death by 1000 Cuts as Steady Selling Continues

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Pointless, confused trading day for multiple markets Bonds struggled sideways at first, then broke into weaker territory for no apparent reason Stocks traded higher at the same time, but correlation is questionable Best thought of as end-of-week position squaring Treasuries got hit harder than MBS, as per usual during sell-offs Traders phoned it in today, beginning precisely at 11am. This was painfully evident in the uncannily flat line in bond market charts from then until close. 10yr yields, for instance, easily held inside a 1bp range . Fannie 3.0s held inside a 101-13 to 101-14 range. Volume was unsurprisingly low. Unfortunately, this flatness followed another dose of weakness in the mid-morning hours. Although stocks were moving higher during that time, bond markets were definitely marching…(read more)

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