2-year/10-year Treasury yield curve steepest since mid-2017

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The U.S. yield curve continued to steepen amid fears of more fiscal stimulus under a Democratic-controlled Congress and growing questions whether the Federal Reserve may ease off its accommodative policy stance earlier than forecast. The spread between the 2-year and the 10-year note , a gauge of the yield curve’s slope, stood at 1.02 percentage points, the widest since around May 2017. A steeper yield curve can reflect heightened growth and inflation expectations among bond traders. Some of the weakness in longer-dated Treasurys also reflected broker-dealers making room for new issuance this week, with an auction of $38 billion of 10-year notes due in the afternoon.
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