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Yield Curve Inversion

US Treasury yield curve as of close of business on 3/22/19.  Note the highlighted areas on the chart showing the 1-month Treasury yield is higher than the 10-year Treasury yield.  This abnormal situation is widely considered to be the most accurate predictor of a future recession. (Source, CNBC).

You may have heard that the US stock market got smacked around pretty hard today. The Dow was off 460.19 or 1.77%. The S&P and NASDAQ had it even worse, off 1.90% and 2.50% respectively.

But while the stock market plunge took center stage today, a major secondary story was the continuing inversion of the US Treasury yield curve. Typical was the headline on CNBC which read Bonds are flashing a huge recession signal – here’s what happened to stocks last time it happened.

The article goes on to quote equity strategist Jonathan Golub saying that a yield curve inversion has preceded each recession over the last 50 years. Golub is hardly alone in saying this. If you listen to knowledgeable investors, they consistently will tell you that a yield curve inversion is the most accurate predictor of an oncoming recession. But this raises the question, So just what is a yield curve inversion anyway?

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