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A Better Yield Curve for Predicting the Stock Market is Bullish

Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2018 Jul 18, 2018 - 07:03 AM GMT

By: Troy_Bombardia

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The Treasury yield curve is flattening, which has some investors and traders turning bearish. Most people focus on the 10 year – 2 year yield curve, which is close to inverting.

*Investors and traders only need to be careful once the yield curve inverts. A flattening yield curve on its own means nothing until it becomes inverted.


As you can see, the 10 year – 2 year yield curve is close to being inverted. It currently stands at 0.24%

HOWEVER, the 10 year – 2 year yield curve isn’t the best yield curve. The 10 year – 2 year yield curve tends to become inverted too early, which means that it becomes bearish too early.

The 10 year – 3 month yield curve is a better yield curve because it tends to invert later. When it inverts, it gives you a more timely SELL signal. The 2 year Treasury yield tends to be higher than the 3 month Treasury yield.

The 10 year – 3 month yield curve is still far from being inverted. It currently stands at 0.9%.

When the 10 year – 3 month yield curve falls to 0.9% for the first time in an economic expansion cycle, the stock market usually continues to go up.

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June 24, 2005

The stock market rallied for 2 more years before topping in 2007, even though there were multiple “small corrections” along the way.

May 16, 1995

The stock market went up over the next 5 years before topping in 2000. There was a “big correction” and multiple “small corrections” along the way.

December 20, 1988

The stock market rallied for another 1.5 years before starting a “big correction”, which the Medium-Long Term Model predicted.

September 29, 1980

The stock market rallied for another 2 months. Then it swung sideways for the next half year before starting a “big correction”.

 

August 31, 1978

The stock market rallied for the next 2 years, even though there were multiple “small corrections” and a “big correction” along the way.

January 23, 1973

The stock market started a bear market when the 10 year – 3 month yield curve flattened to 0.9%

July 8, 1963

The stock market rallied for 5.5 more years before a bear market. There was a “big correction” and multiple “small corrections” along the way.

Conclusion

The 10 year – 3 month yield curve is a better yield curve. Based on where it is today, the stock market will probably continue to rally in the medium-long term.

There is only 1 bearish case out of these 7 historical cases. That was due to OPEC’s oil embargo. Unless Trump’s trade war results in a global catastrophe and recession, that bearish case is unlikely to play out today.

Trump’s trade war with China is expected to shave less than -0.2% off of U.S. GDP growth. With the U.S. economy growing at 3-4% a year, this trade war will not have a big impact on the economy.

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By Troy Bombardia

BullMarkets.co

I’m Troy Bombardia, the author behind BullMarkets.co. I used to run a hedge fund, but closed it due to a major health scare. I am now enjoying life and simply investing/trading my own account. I focus on long term performance and ignore short term performance.

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