Published Sun, 31 Mar 2019 22:26:15 -0400 on Seeking Alpha
Interpreting the Yield Curve
Generally speaking, the yield curve refers to varying yields on U.S. treasury bills, notes and bonds. It can be used in describing other fixed-income securities, but for the purposes of this article, we will focus on treasury securities. Before we get into why the yield curve inverts and what that means, I thought it would be helpful to understand what drives the shape of the yield curve. In one word: risk. But it may not be actual risk as much as perceived risk (or expectations) that determines the shape and steepness of the yield curve.
In a normal environment of expanding economic activity with low-to-moderate inflation and perceived expectations of further growth well into the future, investors will require that the yield increase for each additional period to maturity. Therefore, the “normal” yield curve would slope upward, with short-term yield being less than longer-term yields. In chart form, it would look like this:
The reason the perceived risk increases over time and, therefore, the higher yield that is required is that the further we go into the future, the greater the uncertainty. Uncertainty is a form of risk, and investors want to be compensated for assuming that heightened risk.
The opposite is also true, which is why the yield curve sometime inverts. When investors perceive that the economy is more likely to slow down over the short term (1-3 years) the yield curve will invert, with... Read more
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|VANGUARD EXTENDED DURATION TREASURY ETF||142.38||0.0||0.00||0.00||2.21|
|SPDR DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE ETF TRUST||262.56||0.0||0.00||5.67||2.18|
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|PROSHARES ULTRASHORT S&P 500||30.82||0.0||0.00||0.00||1.86|
|POWERSHARES QQQ TRUST SERIES 1||182.07||0.0||0.00||1.49||0.79|
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