US Treasury rates are barely showing any change. The 10-year rate has traded in a 2.24-2.27% range.
A June rate hike by the Fed is still seen as a fairly high probability event, with about an 80% chance priced in, but the picture gets murkier from there, with only about 35 bps of hikes in total priced in through to year end.
The NZ rates market showed little reaction to the Budget.
The domestic bond programme was little changed and the government signalled that it recognises the importance of maintaining a sustainable NZGB market and intends to maintain levels of NZGBs on issue at not less than 20 percent of GDP over time. Issuing debt for the sake of it is a position that most other countries would envy.
A new 12-year nominal bond is expected to be launched, via syndication, before the end of the year. NZ’s 10-year bond closed the day flat at 2.84%, hovering around its lows for the year.