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Breakin’…The Movie & The Yield Curve (As In, The Yield Curve Is Breakin’ Out)

Some of us remember a time BEFORE breakdancing; let me tell you, those were dark days. Then, everything changed! We were introduced to moves like “The Windmill” and “The Freeze” and dancers like Crazy Legs and Mr. Wiggles (what awesome names!). Some of us became so enthralled with breakdancing, or breakin’, we soon found ourselves spinning on our heads on a cardboard box and breakin’ became such a cultural phenomena, that Hollywood made not one, but two movies about it (aptly titled Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2.). 

We got to thinking about breakin’ the other day, because we were thinking about how the U.S. Yield Curve has been breakin’ out. You will recall that the most important part of the curve is between the U.S. 10 Year Note and the U.S. 2 Year Note, or more specifically the difference between the yield on the U.S. 10 Year Note and the yield on the US 2 Year Note. The greater the positive spread – meaning the higher the yield on the 10 Year Note relative to the yield on the 2 Year Note – the more positively sloped or steep the yield curve. This is a good thing, as a steep yield curve has been associated with periods of robust economic growth. 

The U.S. Yield Curve has steepened dramatically since last summer, and the spread between the yield on the U.S. 10 Year Note and the yield on the U.S. 2 Year Note just hit 102 basis points (or 1.02%), – the widest it has been in more than three years. If history is any guide, the steepening yield curve is a harbinger of better economic times to come. And back to breakdancing; it will make its debut as an Olympic sport at the 2024 Paris Games. It might be time for some of us to dig out those parachute pants and that cardboard box.

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The views expressed are those of Brinker Capital and are not intended as investment advice or recommendation. For informational purposes only. Brinker Capital Investments, LLC, a registered investment advisor. 0443-BCI-02/08/2021

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