30-Year Bond Yield Smashes Through Record Low
The 30-year long bond yield crashed to 2.024% this morning and is now just a tad higher.
The previous record low 30-year long bond yield of 2.10% was on July 8, 2016 shortly after the UK voted for Brexit (June 23, 2016).
Long Bond Yield Down 51 Basis Points Since August 31
On August 31, Fed Chair Jerome Powell made a speech he is going to regret. After the FOMC decision Powell called the rate cut a “Mid-Cycle” Adjustment.
I mocked the call then and did so again on August 6 when St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, a dove, Pimped the “Mid-Cycle Adjustment” Thesis.
Amusingly, Bullard professed “The 10-year yield remains above the two-year yield, likely because markets are anticipating future policy moves by the FOMC, and so we are not seeing an intensification of the yield curve inversion so far.”
Earlier today, ZeroHedge commented that the 2s10s Spread inverted, but if so, it was fleeting. I think there is too much emphasis on that spread given the 30-Year to FF spread is now inverted and the 5-year FF spread is 63 basis points inverted.
Recession fears have surfaced again.
As of 12:20 PM, S&P futures are down 86 points (3.0%), the Nasdaq is down 236 points (3.0%), and the Dow is down 721 points (2.7%).
One Day Wonder
Yesterday, Trump delayed Tariffs and the stock market went on a huge rally.
Stock Market Reaction
The Dow is up 400 points (1.6%) with the S&P 500 up 50 points (1.8%) and Nasdaq up 47 points (2.2%).
Bond Market Reaction
The bond market reaction is interesting. The 5-year yield is up 7 basis points.
The 10-year yield is up 4 basis points and the 30-year long bond is up a just 1 basis point, a mere 4 basis points from a new record low yield.
Trust the long bond.
Long Bond Screaming Recession
That one-day wonder was even faster than I expected.
Here’s the message: Recession.
Meanwhile, note that a Global Manufacturing Recession has started and Trump’s tariff policy made matters much worse.
Note that the normal Lead Time Between Manufacturing Recessions and Full Recessions is zero quarters.
A recession may have started already.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock