Ok so firstly, which of the 3 notes (5/10/30) is the most volatile?
Which one leads?
How would one go about spread trading these? (yield curve spreading, so like the 10yr against the 30yr)).
(for spreads) Signals for entries/exits, reasons why one might think the spread will widen or narrow.
Understanding yourself is just as important as understanding markets.
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It is important to recognize that the DV01 (dollar value of a basis point) varies by coupon and maturity. If your bet is an interest rate spread, the common approach is to weight the trade by DV01.
There are financing charges in the cash market and the futures spreads will reflect that.
What moves spreads? No simple answer. The Fed, of course, moves the very front end so the general rule is a flattening in a bear market and a steepening in a bull market but that is only true if the Fed is the main driver of the market. And, the further you move out the curve the more spreads are influenced by factors out of the Fed's control.
So, out the curve (ZN, ZB, UB) I suggest that the spreads are as simple as supply/demand. I trade those 3 outright and on spread but only for short term / day-trades. I weight them 3ZN/2ZB/1UB. As of the last couple of weeks the long end of curve has been directional with UB driving the spread.