Chart du Jour: Keep an eye on the yield curve

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Stocks are trading at or close to 2009 highs, being helped along by a record steepening of the yield curve. Put simply, on Tuesday the gap between 10- and 2-year US government bond yields hit its widest spread ever – 286 basis points, beating last week’s 276 basis points and the previous record set in August 2003 of 274 basis points.

From across the pond, David Fuller (Fullermoney) said: “Veteran subscribers will recall a remark often used on this site [Fullermoney]: Bull markets do not die of old age – to which I will add warnings by Roubiniesque economists. Instead, they are assassinated – usually by central banks. So how many rate bullets does it take to fell a bull? You may not be surprised to hear that there is no precise answer, because it depends mainly on sentiment and liquidity. We know when central banks start to reduce liquidity, or at least increase its price, but we do not know precisely when that will affect sentiment adversely.

“Note the still widening spread between US 10-year yields over 2-year yields, otherwise known as the yield curve, on this historical. It is still rising, indicating to me that quantitative easing continues. The time to start thinking about closing long portfolios in anticipation of the next bear market, I suggest, will be when the yield curve next inverts by moving below zero. However, the lead was so early last time (early 2006) that some of us became complacent about it.”


Source: Fullermoney

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