Economic Update

Economic Update from Steve Papapietro of Opes Advisors, Palo Alto

Our view on rates this week is that the most widely followed indicators are sending different signals, but short term rates are likely to be steady with upward pressure on long-term rates. Increased  volatility is likely as the markets adjust to the new qualitative guidance from the Fed.  

Here is what we are watching:

Back to the Future

The U.S. added 192,000 jobs in March with the unemployment rate holding steady at 6.7%. Total private payrolls reached 116.1 million, finally surpassing pre-recession highs.  Employment numbers were also nudged higher for January and February.
 
In sum:  Moderate improvement in the labor market means that the Fed  will continue to gradually reduce stimulus while keeping interest rates low.