In “Back in the U.S.A.”, Chuck Berry sings: “Yes, I’m so glad I’m livin’ in the U.S.A. Anything you want, we got right here in the U.S.A.”
OVERVIEW AND CONCLUSION
Marketplace and other cultural analysts create meaningful relationships between variables and groups of phenomena. As subjective perspectives differ, these faithful inquirers identify, define, select, assess, and organize evidence (data; facts; factors) in a variety of fashions. This results in diverse propositions, arguments, and conclusions, and thus an array of competing stories.
In its discussion of America’s 4Q18 GDP growth, the NYTimes (3/1/19, pB1) stated that “most economists do not expect a recession this year.”
America’s current economic expansion is very long by historical standards. Of course history need not repeat itself. Conditions, including associations and patterns between variables, can and do change over time. Marketplace convergence and divergence trends (and lead/lag relationships) are not inevitable; they can shift, sometimes dramatically. However, devoted study of the ongoing economic expansion should not divorce itself from previous economic growth and decline episodes and patterns.
Interest rate yield relationships offer insight into economic history and prospects. Particularly given the remarkable length of America’s recent glorious real GDP expansion, marketplace clairvoyants should review the long run historical relationship between yields for lower-grade United States corporate bonds and the ten year US Treasury note in the context of American economic growth and recession cycles. The recent widening yield spread trend for this credit relationship warns that a US recession (or at least significantly lower growth than generally forecast), whether in calendar 2019 or not long thereafter, is more likely than most wizards anticipate. Moreover, current trends in the US Treasury yield curve, when placed in historic perspective, also underline the looming potential for an American economic downturn (or considerably slower growth than most soothsayers predict).
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American Economic Growth- Cycles, Yield Spreads, and Stocks (3-4-19)