Curve Steepener Trade

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Curve Steepener Trade'

A strategy that uses derivatives to benefit from escalating yield differences that occur as a result of increases in the yield curve between two Treasury bonds of different maturities. This strategy can be effective in certain macroeconomic scenarios in which the price of the longer term Treasury is driven down.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Curve Steepener Trade'

For example, an individual could employ a curve steepener trade by using derivatives to buy five-year Treasuries and short 10-year Treasuries. One macroeconomic scenario in which using a curve steepener trade could be beneficial would be if the Fed decides to significantly lower the interest rate, which could weaken the U.S. dollar and cause foreign central banks to stop buying the longer term Treasury. This decrease in demand for the longer term Treasury should cause its price to fall, causing its yield to increase; the greater the yield difference, the more profitable this strategy becomes.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Maturity

    The period of time for which a financial instrument remains outstanding. ...
  2. Treasury Bond - T-Bond

    A marketable, fixed-interest U.S. government debt security with ...
  3. Yield

    The income return on an investment. This refers to the interest ...
  4. Derivative

    A security whose price is dependent upon or derived from one ...
  5. Yield Curve

    A line that plots the interest rates, at a set point in time, ...
  6. Federal Reserve System - FRS

    The central bank of the United States. The Fed, as it is commonly ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. How does the bond market react to changes in the Federal Funds Rate?

    The bond market is highly sensitive to changes in the federal funds rate. When the Federal Reserve increases the federal ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How do I use the holding period return yield to evaluate my bond portfolio?

    The holding period return yield formula can be used to compare the yields of different bonds in your portfolio over a given ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What is the relationship between current yield and yield to maturity (YTM)?

    Both the current yield and yield to maturity (YTM) formulas are methods of calculating the yield of a bond. However, these ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What is a 'busted' convertible bond?

    In finance, a convertible bond represents a hybrid security that offers debt and equity features and risks. While a convertible ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How can I use the holding period return yield to determine whether or not I should ...

    Use the holding period return yield formula to determine whether the time is right to sell your bond. With this calculation, ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Should investors focus more on the current yield or face value of a bond?

    Whether investors should focus more on a bond's current yield or face value largely depends on the end goals of the investments. ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Economics

    The Federal Reserve

    Few organizations can move the market like the Federal Reserve. As an investor, it's important to understand exactly what the Fed does and how it influences the economy.
  2. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Savings Bonds For Income And Safety

    Bonds offer undeniable benefits to investors, including safety and tax advantages.
  3. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    ETF Analysis: Vanguard Total Bond Market

    Learn about the Vanguard Total Bond Market exchange-traded fund, its primary portfolio holdings and risk/reward profile based on its past performance.
  4. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Dodd-Frank Creates a Liquidity Crunch for Bonds

    While each individual institution is undoubtedly safer due to capital constraints imposed by Dodd-Frank, this makes for a more illiquid market overall. The lack of liquidity will be especially ...
  5. Fundamental Analysis

    20-Year Treasury Bond ETF Trading Strategies

    iShares 20-Year Treasury Bond ETF offers a highly liquid equity alternative to direct bond exposure.
  6. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    ETF Analysis: Direxion Daily 20 Year Treasury

    Read about one potent, yet volatile, way to bet on rising interest rates -- the Direxion Daily 20 Year Plus Treasury Bear 3X exchange-traded fund (TMV).
  7. Bonds & Fixed Income

    What are Floating-Rate Notes?

    A floating-rate note is a debt instrument with an interest rate that “floats,” or varies. They are also called floaters.
  8. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    ETF Analysis: iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond

    Learn about the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT). TLT is a very liquid ETF with low costs that allow investors to gain exposure to treasuries.
  9. Investing

    Five Portfolio Moves For The Second Half

    After a relatively calm few months, market volatility is back. If you are an investor, we help you prepare your portfolio with these five portfolio moves.
  10. Stock Analysis

    Is Now the Time for Chinese Stocks?

    The recent panic in Chinese stocks could be seen as a buying opportunity for longer-term investors. Here are some ETFs to consider.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Nuncupative Will

    A verbal will that must have two witnesses and can only deal with the distribution of personal property. A nuncupative will ...
  2. OsMA

    An abbreviation for Oscillator - Moving Average. OsMA is used in technical analysis to represent the variance between an ...
  3. Investopedia

    One of the best-known sources of financial information on the internet. Investopedia is a resource for investors, consumers ...
  4. Unfair Claims Practice

    The improper avoidance of a claim by an insurer or an attempt to reduce the size of the claim. By engaging in unfair claims ...
  5. Killer Bees

    An individual or firm that helps a company fend off a takeover attempt. A killer bee uses defensive strategies to keep an ...
  6. Sin Tax

    A state-sponsored tax that is added to products or services that are seen as vices, such as alcohol, tobacco and gambling. ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!