The world's central banks appear to be backing away from the ultra-easy interest policies that have dominated the global landscape since the financial crisis of eight years ago.
At least that seems to be the message of the world's bond markets in the last couple weeks.
Long-term interest rates have been rising, most dramatically in Japan, and in other countries where rates have been negative for nearly a year.
Even here in the U.S., amid rising expectations of a rate hike from the Federal Reserve, 10-year Treasury yields climbed as high as 1.73 percent on Tuesday, the highest level since mid-June and about where they remain today.
The Japanese bond market had one of its biggest sell-offs in decades this week driving its 10-year yield almost back into positive territory for the first time in recent memory.
So, why are rates rising?
There are several reasons, not the least of which is that central bankers, beginning with the European Central Bank, have indicated they will do less in the future to hold down long-term interest rates while keeping short-rates steady.
Or, in the Fed's case, outright confusion about it's next move may have induced bond market investors to sell off some Treasuries as a purely defensive move, leading to a steepening yield curve here at home, something we have not seen on each of the bond market's so-called "taper tantrums" that have occurred in the last few years.