A situation in which the yield curve for bonds is flattening. A bullish flattener occurs when long-term interest rates on bonds fall more rapidly than short-term rates so that the two begin to converge, resulting in a flat (or flatter) yield curve when it is plotted on a graph. This is considered a bullish indicator: it means investors believe stocks will rise in the short term, which causes the comparatively higher short-term rates. See also: Inverted yield curve, bearish flattener.
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