A Mesmerizing Chart
By John Del Vecchio
In the spirit of a picture is worth a thousand words, this week we leave you with a fascinating chart showing the changes in the yield curve from 1990-2018.
It’s truly mesmerizing.
Click on the image to view the animated data visualization chart.
Recently, the yield curve has flattened out as interest rates have risen but the curve has shifted more dramatically due to changes in short-term bonds. Of course, rates increased from an artificially low starting point. While an inverted curve has correctly forecasted prior recessions, plenty of fiscal stimulus has been pumped into the economy in the form of tax cuts. Consumer confidence has also surged. But, so have debt levels. Real incomes are stagnant. The Federal Reserve is shrinking its balance sheet.
So, while the circumstances today do not resemble the past, it probably won’t be different this time. Just look at the stock market. Small cap stocks are in a bear market. Hardly anyone noticed. Rougher times are likely ahead.