Smart Money is Buying Treasuries

Simon Maierhofer  |


Commercial hedgers - a group of traders that’s earned the label ‘smart money’ – are buying Treasuries across the bond curve. Does this mean Treasuries will finally break out of their 6+ month trading range?

US Treasury bonds and notes have been range bound for over six months.

There is reason to believe that Treasuries, especially 30-year Treasuries bonds, will soon break higher. Why?

Smart Money

Commercial hedgers - a group of traders considered the ‘smart money’ - are buying Treasuries across the bond curve in anticipation of higher prices.

The chart below shows commercial hedgers’ aggregate net exposure to 5, 10, 30-year Treasuries (blue graph).

As the green arrows show, hedgers’ bullish bets are generally vindicated by a period of rising prices.

Below is a list of ETFs likely to benefit from the bullish developments seen by commercial hedgers. Long-term maturities are more dynamic and subject to bigger price moves.

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  • iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF  (SHV)
  • iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF  (SHY)
  • iShares 3-7 Year Treasury Bond ETF  (IEI)
  • iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF  (IEF)
  • iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF  (TLT)

Seasonality

The green chart insert shows that seasonality is generally bullish for the remainder of the year.

A move above the red resistance lines is necessary to unlock an up side target of 129 – 133. This up side target is based on Fibonacci retracement levels (50% and 61.8%) and an open chart gap.

Sustained trade below 120 would put any rally on hold.

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
TLT iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF 116.47 -0.33 -0.28 1,468,923 Trade
IEF iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF 100.74 -0.16 -0.15 412,933 Trade
IEI iShares 3-7 Year Treasury Bond ETF 118.80 -0.10 -0.08 278,131 Trade
SHV iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF 110.39 -0.00 -0.00 519,488 Trade
SHY iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF 83.02 -0.01 -0.01 214,782 Trade

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