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Of Slopes And Flops: The Yield Curve Inversion

Published Wed, 10 Apr 2019 06:00:00 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

(Source: "Market's Favorite Recession Indicator Lurches Lower in New Year")
The investment world and the financial medias are abuzz with the USD yield curve and its growing flattening/inversion, and for good reasons. Here is why the inversion is so important - it augurs glooming times.
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Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
CORNERSTONE TOTAL RETURN FUND 12.03   0.0 0.00 2.60 21.94
ZWEIG FUND 9.88   0.0 0.00 1.44 14.72
LIBERTY ALL STAR EQUITY FUND 6.44   0.0 0.00 0.82 10.19
SPDR DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE ETF TRUST 265.92   0.0 0.00 5.42 2.05
SPDR S&P 500 ETF 292.23   0.0 0.00 5.24 1.80
PROSHARES ULTRASHORT S&P 500 31.23   0.0 0.00 0.00 1.16
PROSHARES ULTRAPRO SHORT S&P 500 28.66   0.0 0.00 0.00 1.16
POWERSHARES QQQ TRUST SERIES 1 189.71   0.0 0.00 1.45 0.77

CORNERSTONE TOTAL RETURN FUND - CRF
CORNERSTONE TOTAL RETURN FUND - CRF  


Older articles featuring Cornerstone Total Return Fund (CRF):
When A Yield Curve Inversion Means Recession
Ignore The Yield Curve, They Said...
Is The U.S. Yield Curve Signaling A U.S. Recession?
Short And Sharp: Yield Curve Inversion - A False Positive?
Weekly Edge: Yield Curve Sends Mixed Signals
Why An Inverted Yield Curve Is Important
Blue, Red And Grey: Yield Curve Inversions
Market Update: Sovereign Debt And The Yield Curve
Yield Curve, Yield Curve, Yield Curve
The Yield Curve Inverted

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