This week's letter is from two of my favorite economists, Van Hoisington and Dr. Lacy Hunt of Hoisington Investment Management Company in Austin, Texas. They specialize in management of fixed income portfolios for large institutional clients by setting long-term investment strategies based on economic analysis. They have been one of the most successful of bond managers in the country. (I have no affiliation with them.) I eagerly read all of their writing and analysis, and find it to be some of the most thought-provoking anywhere.
Their third quarter 2004 Quarterly Review and Outlook examines where the economy might be going by looking at inflation, savings, consumption and jobs. Let's explore the current economic environment in this weeks "Outside the Box."
John Mauldin, Editor
Outside the Box
Quarterly Review and Outlook Q3 2004
Unusual would be an appropriate description of the interest rate movement thus far in 2004. Short dated interest rates, typified by the Fed funds rate, moved higher from 1% to 1 3/4%. Simultaneously, the longest dated Treasury bonds declined in yield from 5.07% on January 1 to below 4.9% currently. This disparate movement in the yield curve, while indeed…