July marked the fourth full-month of the COVID-19 global pandemic, which continues to disrupt the municipal market. The one-year tax-exempt AAA rates decreased back to its all-time low in May 2020 and interest rates are not expected to increase in the near term. At its July meeting, the FOMC stated that the Fed intends to maintain near zero interest rates until it is confident that the economy has stabilized and, specifically, “the path of the economy will depend significantly on the course of the virus.” When asked about raising rates, Fed Chair Powell responded by saying, “We’re not even thinking about, thinking about, thinking about raising rates.” Needless to say, based on the commentary from Chair Powell and how distant they are from even “thinking about” raising rates, rates could remain low for quite some time, and the length will depend significantly on the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.
US Treasury Yield Curve
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