inverted yield curve

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Inverted yield curve

When short-term interest rates are higher than long-term rates. Antithesis of positive yield curve.

Inverted Yield Curve

A yield curve in which the long-term yields on bonds are lower than short-term yields. A normal yield curve trends upward because bondholders expect a larger interest rate for a longer investment; however, if a yield curve turns negative, it indicates that the market believes that demand for long-term debt securities is increasing or will increase, which will drive yields downward. Higher demand for bonds usually occurs when investors believe that stock prices will fall. As a result, an inverted yield curve is a highly bearish indicator and indeed is seen as a predictor of a coming recession. An inverted yield curve is the rarest yield curve. It is also called a negative yield curve.

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Since that point in time, the yield on 10-year Treasury notes has fallen nearly 70 basis points, resulting in the strongly inverted yield curve we observe today.
Stung by inverted yield curves and dwindling originations during the past year, nonprime mortgage bankers are consolidating or closing shop altogether.
We have experienced a real estate crash in the first half of the 90s, two recessions, periods of rapidly rising interest rates (1994 and 1999), inverted yield curves (1998 and 2000), and a difficult credit quality environment (2000-2002).
However, since there is a broad fear of an inverted yield curves today, it will probably lead to a sell- off in the market if it becomes clear an inversion is headed our way.