Posted To: MBS CommentaryIt may end up being a slow, summertime Friday with the news cycle calming down relative to earlier in the week, not to mention the fact that its peak vacation season (traders take vacations too, ya know!). That gives us a moment to step back and reflect on some bigger picture trends . US rates have been playing Red Light, Green Light with global risks all year. If they had their way, they’d continue moving higher, but they slowed their roll and settled into a more gradual pace after the Italian political drama in the middle of the year. The weeks leading up to the Italian drama ended up looking like a big, temporary breakout of what would eventually become the sideways-to-slightly-higher range. Subsequent global risks haven’t measured up to Italy in terms of bond market impact. Trade…(read more)Forward this article via email: Send a copy of this story to someone you know that may want to read it.