NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases this month’s edition of the Bank Treasury Newsletter Chart Deck, which highlights the investment strategies that bank treasurers are already using or considering as they plan for an extended period of low rates.
Many of these strategies involve adding duration to the bond portfolio, although a key objective is to have a bond portfolio with low runoff and high yields. Other strategies focus on investments, such as CLOs, priced at the front end of the yield curve, resulting in an attractive interest earning asset given an inverted yield curve and negative term premium for terms out to five years. While the interest rate on excess reserves (IOER) rate, at 1.8%, is still economically compelling as an investment for bank treasurers—assuming the Fed does not cut rates to 0% or even negative—total IOER in the last quarter was just 2% of total interest income.
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