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Inversion Aversion

David B. Armstrong, CFA Weekly Market Commentary

I received a lot of great feedback and encouragement on yesterday’s video, and wanted to further dive into two questions that have come up: What did I mean by “distortion”? Why does a yield curve actually cause a recession? Interesting to note that the current inversion process is very different from the past. In the past we have had inflation …

The Yield Curve Distortion

David B. Armstrong, CFA Weekly Market Commentary

 Putting things into perspective…There are trillions of dollars of debt that are exposed to negative interest rates. (For example, this means, when you give the bank $100 bucks, they give you $96 back.) That sucks! The U.S. has the safest and best paying bonds in the world.  So people are taking their money out of negative interest rate environments …

Trade and The Tariff Man

Trade and The Tariff Man

David B. Armstrong, CFA Weekly Market Commentary

I was inspired to write based on a social media post from yesterday by my old friend and stalwart colleague, Rob Bartenstein, the CEO of Kestra Wealth Management. “The news media may or may not be the enemy of the people. But it ain’t your friend. Your friend wouldn’t blare negative sh!t [my edit] at you all day punctuated with …

Recession Emotional Fire Drill

Recession and Emotional Fire Drill

David B. Armstrong, CFA Weekly Market Commentary

Something that has people worried right now is all the talk about the yield curve and its predictive value for calling a future recession.  But is it really that great of a tool? To start, let’s look at what are considered leading economic indicators.  Here’s a list of the ten components of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) (for the …

When the Yield Curve Inverts

When the Yield Curve Inverts

David B. Armstrong, CFA Weekly Market Commentary

The difference between the 2-year and 10-year Treasury interest rate is referred to as “the spread”. When this number goes negative, the 2-year interest rate is higher than the 10-year interest rate.  It always spells trouble. The markets are reacting to the spread shrinking. See the downward trending line on the right-hand side of the chart below.  It’s easy to …