SF Fed Blog Post on the Yield Curve

Thomas Mertens and I wrote a post for the SF Fed Post on the current shape of the yield curve. This shape is a little odd, to say the least: The conventional ten-year-minus-three-month spread has declined substantially over the last year, but is still positive. By contrast, the five-minus-one-year spread has turned negative. What to make of this? Read the post here: Did the Yield Curve Flip? Will the Economy Dip?

FRBSF Economic Letter: Information in the Yield Curve about Future Recessions

Thomas and I wrote a second Economic Letter about the information in the yield curve for predicting recessions. Here we focus on what different measure of the shape of the yield curve—that is, which yield spread—appears to have the most information. We conclude that the classic 10-year minus 3-month spread is the most useful one. We also discuss the role of the term premium, and how to interpret this evidence. (Correlation is not causation!

FRBSF Economic Letter: Economic Forecasts with the Yield Curve

Thomas Mertens and I wrote an Economic Letter on predictings recessions with the yield curve. There has been a lot of public discussion about whether a flat yield curve contains a strong signal about a future economic slowdown. We found that the predictive power of the yield curve for future economic activity and recessions is very strong, and remains strong even in the current environment with a low overall level of interest rates, a low term premium, and other somewhat unique circumstances.