Research: Battle of the yield curves

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Battle of the yield curves

By Erik Norland, Senior Economist, CME Group

Which yield curve foretells growth best?

  • Treasury yield curve has turned mildly positive, private sector curve still inverted
  • Private yield curve has been more accurate of the two over the past 20 years
  • Inverted private yield curve might signal slowing growth late in 2020 or in 2021
  • Could booming equities sustain growth and debunk yield curve indications?
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When yield curves send mixed signals

  • Private sector yield curve reflects concern, public curve shows optimism
  • The mixed signals over the US economy come after 10 years of growth
  • Public sector yield curve is no longer inverted, easing growth concerns
  • Private sector curve remains inverted, muddying economic outlook
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