In his song “Busload of Faith”, Lou Reed chants: “you need a busload of faith to get by”.



The United States 10 year government note is a widely-watched marketplace benchmark and guide. It ended its major bull move in summer 2016, establishing a yield bottom on 7/6/16 at 1.32 percent. Although the rate for the US Treasury 10 year note has walked peacefully sideways in a fairly narrow path over the past year or so, its yield nevertheless on balance has crept upward from its 9/8/17 interim trough at just over two percent toward its critical barrier around 2.65pc. In the UST’s bear move, the UST yield probably will pierce this 2.65pc target in the near term, with 1/2/14’s 3.05pc elevation the next height in sight.

After establishing a major top in December 2016/January 2017 at 103.2, the broad real trade-weighted US dollar (“TWD”; Federal Reserve, H.10; monthly average) slipped 7.8 percent to 95.2 in September 2017, slightly below crucial support around 96.2 to 96.6. Despite a slight bounce for a couple of months following that September depth, the TWD has renewed its bearish assault on 96.2/96.6 and probably will break decisively beneath that floor (and September 2017’s minor low) relatively soon.


Economic phenomena and fields interrelate in various fashions. Apparent links and relationships between financial (and political) variables and trends (including convergence/divergence and lead/lag ones) of course can change, sometimes dramatically. In any case, although marketplace history is not marketplace destiny, historical analysis still can offer guidance regarding future probabilities.

The current intertwined relationship and trends of rising US Treasury yields alongside the weakening United States dollar likely is of substantial significance for financial marketplaces in general, not just US government interest rates and key currencies.

History signals that climbing US interest rate yields often precede (connect with; lead to) pinnacles in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S+P 500. In the current economic and political landscape, further feebleness in the broad real trade-weighted US dollar probably will warn of (or confirm) important tops in advanced nation and emerging marketplace stock marketplace benchmarks.


See “Marketplace Vehicles: Going Mobile” (12/13/17), “History on Stage: Marketplace Scenes” (8/9/17), and other essays.

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