As we begin the second quarter of 2022, the U.S. Treasury yield curve has inverted across several key maturities. Yields on 2, 3, 5 and 7-year Treasury bonds are all higher than on 10 and 30-year bonds.
The 2-10 yield spread is widely regarded as a leading recessionary indicator. Even as the bond market may be pricing in the possibility of a future recession, stock prices have risen from their first quarter lows.
We assess the implications of the yield curve inversion from several perspectives.
- What is the typical lag time from the inversion of the yield curve to the onset of a recession?
- Have extraordinary central bank policy actions distorted the information content of the yield curve?
- What other factors have been driving the decline in the term premium over the last several years?
- Does a low term premium make inversions statistically more likely?
We factor the latest information on inflation and interest rates into our outlook for the economy and the markets. Sandip Bhagat, Whittier Trust’s Chief Investment Officer discusses our perspectives and outlook.
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