US Treasury yields tick lower after Jerome Powell selected for Fed Chair

U.S. government debt yields slipped Thursday after President Donald Trump announced the selection of Jerome Powell as the next Chair of the Federal Reserve.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note sat higher at 2.349 percent at 3:15 p.m. ET, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond was up at 2.831 percent. Bond yields move inversely to prices.

The yield on the 5-year Treasury note was nearly unchanged at 2.002 percent.


President Donald Trump nominated Jerome Powell to run the Federal Reserve once current Chair Janet Yellen's term expires, in a move widely expected and one unlikely to disturb the roaring stock market.

Trump made the announcement Thursday afternoon.

The move follows months of guesswork on who might be named to head of central bank, whose aggressive policies have been considered central to a climate of low interest rates and booming asset prices.

Powell will have his work cut out from him in 2018, with investors and economists alike searching for any sign of latent inflation or wage growth. While recent employment report from the U.S. Department of Labor have shown relatively stable job creation over the past six months, doubts over the strength of prices and wage remains.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Labor Department

Bond experts have been closely following the yield curve, which has gotten to its flattest level since before the financial crisis. The spread between 2-year note yields and 10-year yields has been testing lows unseen since before the financial crisis.

The spread between the U.S. 10-year Treasury yield and 2-year yield fell to 0.785 during the day.