Since the first iteration of the Federal Reserve’s Quantitative Easing (QE) program were announced nearly a decade ago, traders have been calling for an end to the 35-year bull market in US bonds (i.e. falling yields).
Volatility soared in equity and fixed income markets in the final hours of yesterday’s U.S. trading session. After dropping to 17, the Cboe Volatility Index gained 19%, ending the day above 20. The S&P 500 reversed a gain of 1% to end the day 0.55% lower. Similarly, the Dow Jones gave up 470 points from peak-to-trough, while U.S. Treasury yields spiked across the curve, and 10-year yields breached 2.95% for the first time in four years.