Fed Flattens Treasury Yield Curve by Signaling 2016 Hike: Chart

Divided Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged

The difference in yield between Treasuries due in two and 30 years declined after the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged Wednesday, while signaling that a hike in 2016 was likely. The flattening U.S. curve reflects an increase in two-year yields, the maturity most sensitive to imminent Fed policy expectations, and a drop in long-bond yields as policy makers curbed projections for long-term rate increases.

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