A recent article in Forbes discusses the growing buzz about an impending yield curve inversion and the repercussions for the economy and stock market. “Inverted yield curves have successfully warned about each of the seven recessions over the past 50 years,” the article reports, “which is why investors keep an eye out for them.” When an inversion takes place (the difference between short- and long-term yields falls below zero), the article notes, it “warns that… Read More
An article in last month’s Barron’s offer six reasons why equity investors should not be put off by a flattening yield curve (the difference between the yields on the 10-year and two-year Treasuries), which it says, “has a long history as a recession indicator with a near-perfect record in the past.” The yield curve may not be signaling a weakening U.S. economy.Short-term rates, the article explains, are primarily driven by Fed policy, which reflects domestic economic strength.… Read More
The difference between the two-and ten-year Treasury yield is the narrowest since 2007, a signal that “the market thinks the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate increases, which are driving short-term yields higher, will not only slow inflation, but could also tip the economy into a recession.” This according to a recent Bloomberg article. The article outlines several reasons “to be worried about the economy:” Trade wars: Tariffs, the article says, “will lead to some self-imposed inflation, a… Read More
The yield curve—the difference between short-term and long-term government bond yields—is “perilously close to predicting a recession—something it has done before with surprising accuracy,” says a recent article in The New York Times. The article explains that in a healthy economy, the rate on longer-term bonds will typically be higher than that on short-term notes. “The extra interest is to compensate, in part, for the risk that strong economic growth could set off a broad… Read More
A recent article in Barron’s reports that while a flattening yield curve is “no reason to bail out of stocks,” bond yields could provide investors with “a sell signal in the years ahead.” A flattening of the yield curve occurs when short-term bond yields rise faster than long-term yields, which can happen, the article explains, if investors “think the Fed is making a mistake” in hiking interest rates and may have to reverse its course.… Read More
Whether or not the yield curve on U.S. Treasuries is inverted can be a useful tool in forecasting the next recession, according to a recent Barron’s article. The inverted yield curve has predicted three of the past three recessions, the article says, which “helps lend confidence to its predictive powers.” Typically, long-term interest rates are higher than short-term rates, which results in an upward-sloping yield curve. But an inverted curve occurs when short-term rates are… Read More
Much has been made recently of the flattening yield curve. But Mark Hulbert says the data indicates the flattening isn’t a major trouble sign.
While some investors have been concerned about the rapidly flattening yield curve, Charles Schwab Chief Investment Strategist Liz Ann Sonders says history shows such a trend isn’t cause for alarm. A flattening yield curve means lower profits for banks, which can borrow at lower short-term interest rates and invest at the higher long-term rates. “That said, it may be surprising to learn that, historically, a flattening yield curve has not been a problem for the… Read More