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What the US Treasury yield curve is (not) telling us

av Erlend Hellum, Markeder og IKT, Norges Bank

nbehe1The US Treasury yield curve has flattened relentlessly over the last couple of years. Hence, market participants and policy makers have for some time been focusing on the prospects of yield curve inversion – historically a reliable signal of recessions. However, market participants and policy makers seem divided on what conclusions should be drawn from the curve’s signaling power. On the one hand are those who point to a reliable historical regularity that an inverted curve tends to precede recessions. On the other hand are those arguing that this time is different. I will in the following argue that the latter camp provides the most compelling arguments for why a flat or inverted yield curve does not necessarily indicate elevated recession risk in the US. Continue reading