Sector Update

December 27, 2021



The Sector Update is abbreviated for the Holiday shortened week. Below are the usual weekly charts and tables and we will resume full commentary next week. If there is anything we can do to help in the interim, please do not hesitate to reach out.



Today – Yields mixed, curve flatter, equities continue to rally with S&P at new YTD High






Yields on 2-, 3-, and 5-year maturities remain at/near weekly highs this morning





Curve Shape – 2s5s flattest since early August



Curve Shape – 2s10s flattest since December 2020, within 1 bp of 2021 low




What We’re Reading


Market Today | Daily

Weekly Recap | Weekly, Friday

Monthly Review (November) | Monthly, 1st business day

Brokered Deposit Rate Indications | Weekly, Monday

Investment Alternatives Matrix | Weekly, Tuesday

MBS Prepay Commentary (December) | Monthly, 5th business day

SBA Prepay Commentary (December) | Monthly, 10th business day


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