Inflationary Expectations Continue To Rise
What few had noticed moreover, was that even before the deal, nominal yields had actually risen above the level before the Fed started to warn about QE2. By contrast, real yields was, and remains despite the last two days, below the levels before QE2.
So the real story is about how inflationary expectations have increased dramatically. For 10-year securities, the nominal yield is nearly 65 basis points above the level in early September while the inflation indexed yield is 10 basis points lower, implying an increase in inflationary expectations of 75 basis points. The implied 10-year inflationary expectation is roughly 2.3% now.
For 5-year securities, the nominal yield is about 45 basis points above the level in early September, while the inflation indexed yield is about 20 basis points lower, implying an increase in inflationary expectations of 65 basis points. The implied 5-year inflationary expectation is roughly 1.85% now. (For current values see here, for historical values see here).
So, if the purpose of QE2 was to increase inflationary expectations, it has certainly succeeded, aided in part by the tax-and spending deal. If however the plan was to lower nominal interest rates, then it has certainly failed, in part because of the effects of the tax- and spending deal.
Another thing to note about the big increase in interest rates is that it to the extent it reflects higher real interest rates is bearish for gold (and silver) as it increases the opportunity cost of holding gold (and silver).