Yield Curve Inversion Signalling Recessionary Risks | Euro Area GDP Continues to Decline
Published August 14, 2019
The gap between US 2-year and 10-year yields dropped below zero after an onslaught of soft economic data, globally. Weaker than forecast Chinese retail sales and industrial output followed by data indicating that Germany’s economy is contracting has pushed bond markets to the edge. US 10-year yields dropped eight basis points to 1.62%, while those on 2-year treasuries fell three basis points to 1.63%. 30-year yields fell to a record low.
The US and China have taken measures to roll back from the abyss of a universally feared trade war. President Trump delayed the imposition of new tariffs on a wide variety of consumer products until December. Chinese officials are sticking to their plans to visit Washington in September for face-to-face meetings.
German gross domestic product contracted by 0.1% in the second quarter, which was very much in line with expectations. The fall in output was driven by a slump in exports as US-China tensions continue to have a major impact to export driven nations. Data also showed euro-area GDP growth slowing to 0.2% while industrial production plunged to the most in more than three years in June.
Former chancellor Philip Hammond has accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of trying to diminish any opportunity of a new Brexit deal by making demands the EU could never accept. In a Times article recently published, the former chancellor stated that a no-deal Brexit would be “a betrayal” of the 2016 referendum result.