Libor Spikes Most In 15 Months To 8 Year Highs
The cost of funding for your average joe, average corporation, and average swaps trader, surged overnight. 3M Libor rose by the most since Dec 2015 (Fed rate hike) to the highest level since April 2009.
Biggest jump since the fed rate hike in Dec 2015…
As Reuters reports, the cost for banks to borrow funds in U.S. dollars surged by the most since December 2015 on Wednesday, a day after a series of Federal Reserve officials jolted short-term interest rate markets with talk of a near-term rate rise.
U.S. 3-month Libor was set near an eight-year high early on Wednesday at 1.09278 percent compared with 1.064 percent on Tuesday. The 2.878 basis point rise was the largest since Dec 17, 2015, the day after the Fed’s first rate hike following the financial crisis and the Great Recession.
The jump comes as short-term rate markets are rapidly repricing the risk that the U.S. central bank may deliver another rate increase as early as mid-March, when its monetary policy committee next meets.
In recent days a clutch of Fed policymakers have spoken about the case for a near-term rate hike becoming more compelling in the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump as president and a Republican-controlled Congress intent on pursuing an aggressive pro-growth economic agenda.
The latest voices to argue that case came on Tuesday, when both the influential heads of the New York and San Francisco Federal Reserve banks signaled they are concerned about waiting too long to press rates higher.
Driving up the cost of funding to 8 year highs…
Still when did a rising cost of funds ever hurt an economy? Oh wait.
The last time 3M Libor was at this level, The Dow was half its current price…