US National Debt Passes $28 Trillion, +$4.7 Trillion in 13 Months. General Treasury Account Down by $480 Billion in 2 Months, $620 Billion to Go

It finally happened, that glorious moment, when, after teetering on the verge for weeks – for reasons we’ll get into shortly – the incredibly spiking US gross national debt, after kissing the line a couple of times for a moment, finally, and suddenly by a big leap, jumped over the $28-trillion mark, with a $143-billion leap in one day on Wednesday, March 31, following some big Treasury sales. Source Wolfstreet

Cold weather chills new U.S. home sales; current account deficit soars in 2020

 Sales of new U.S. single-family homes fell to a nine-month low in February amid bitterly cold weather, and expensive lumber and rising mortgage rates could cool the housing market this year.  Separately on Tuesday, the Commerce Department said the current account deficit, which measures the flow of goods, services and investments into and out of the country, surged 34.8% to a 12-year high of $647.2 billion in 2020 as the pandemic severely disrupted exports. Source Reuters

10-year Treasury yield climbs above 1.7% for 14-month high, 30-year rate briefly tops 2.5%

  • The Fed expects core inflation to hit 2.2% this year, but has a long-run expectation of it sticking around 2%.
  • The U.S. central bank also indicated that it didn’t plan to hike interest rates through 2023 and that it would continue its program of buying at least $120 billion of bonds a month.
  • Guy LeBas, chief fixed income strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott, described the move in yields as a “belated overreaction” to the Fed’s projections and Jerome Powell’s statements on Wednesday.  Source CNBC