Interest Rate Concerns – Chicago Presentations on Nov. 16; TLT ETF is Down 4.7%

Interest rate concerns have been in the news this month. Please see the bottom of this Blog for information about interest rate presentations In Chicago this Monday, November 16.

A Nov. 4 news story on Bloomberg stated that – “Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and New York Fed President William Dudley both said the central bank could boost interest rates as soon as next month, while Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer voiced confidence that inflation isn’t too far below the central bank’s goal.”

Over the past eleven trading days –


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As shown in the chart below from Livevol Pro, the daily closing values on the iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) fell from 124.33 on October 27 to 118.43 on November 11.7811


Below is a Livevol Pro chart that shows the estimated skew for 30-day TLT options at the close November 11. The chart shows that the estimated implied volatilities ranged from about 10.5 to more than 25, depending on the strike price and expiration. The Fed is scheduled to meet in mid-December (and note in particular the pink line representing the skew for TLT options expiring December 18).7812


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After a decades-long bull market in bonds, driven by a concomitant secular decline in interest rates, investors may soon face a new challenge: navigating a rising interest rate environment. The November Chicago QWAFAFEW meeting will bring together experts in the field to discuss their unique perspectives on the fate of rates as well as different approaches towards managing interest rate risk. The meeting will be held Monday, November 16, at Morningstar, 7th floor of 22 West Washington Street in Chicago. Doors will open at 5pm. The meeting will start at 5:30 and will end by 7pm.

The two panelists are:

  • Bob Johnson, CFA, Director of Economic Analysis, Morningstar
  • Collin Martin, CFA, Director – Fixed Income Strategy, Schwab

Topics to be covered include:

  • What happens if interest rate were to double in the next 18 months?
  • What will happen to the largest fixed income mutual funds, close-end funds, and ETFs?
  • What are investors doing or should be doing in anticipation?

Admission is $15 in advance (or $20 at the door) ($10 students) with light food and drinks provided.


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