U.S. state and local government bonds headed toward their biggest weekly drop since President Donald Trump’s election, joining a selloff in the Treasury market amid speculation that a pickup in hiring may cause the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates more aggressively.
The yield on top-rated 30-year debt climbed 5 basis points Friday to 3.03%, the highest since May, after the Labor Department reported that payrolls grew in January at a faster-than-expected pace. Those yields have risen about 18 basis points this week, marking the steepest rise since Trump’s victory raised concerns that inflation would accelerate.
The rout for municipals was driven by the global bond selloff, said Dawn Daggy-Mangerson, a managing director at McDonnell Investment Management, which has been selling shorter-term debt and buying bonds maturing in 10 to 15 years. The rise in yields was in line with the jump in those on Treasuries this week.