Bloomberg: United States Government Bonds
Bloomberg no longer displays what the TIPS rates are (treasury inflation protected securities). For years, that's where I've gone to see real-time TIPS rates. And now... poof. They're gone.
In my very best valley girl accent, I'm like... WTF!
Am I the only one left in America who actually wants to know? If that's the case, it sure would be a first in the modern era of interesting investment bubbles.
For now, I'll just have to amuse myself by watching the price of SFE Greasy Wool. That's right. I can still find the price of it.
Bloomberg: Agricultural Commodity Prices
As of today, SFE Greasy Wool is 1,120 cents per kilogram. Oh, yes. Thanks Bloomberg. That's a great substitute. All is well now. I can just feel all the pent-up demand for Greasy Wool charts, lol. Can't you?
What is Bloomberg thinking? Have they moved the TIPS rates somewhere else and I simply can't find them? Please let me know if you spot them. I suppose it is possible that these United States Government Bonds are no longer within the United States Government Bonds area.
As a side note, ever watch CNBC and see the TIPS rates displayed at the top of the screen? Yeah, me neither.
So what would it mean if long-term nominal treasuries really were in a bubble but long-term TIPS weren't? Well, one would expect to see the economy stagnate as the consumer price index moves unexpectedly higher at some point in the future. Sigh.
It is certainly not a prediction, but with a name like Stagflationary Mark I'm not exactly the best person to rule it out. It would be way too hypocritical.
That said, I suspect there could be even less inflationary pressure this Christmas than there was last Christmas. The operative word is "could".
This is not investment advice.