Ben Mohr, CFA
Director of Fixed Income
With Trump’s surprise announcement of additional tariffs at the beginning of this month — a day after the Fed’s rate cut — the yield curve continued its free fall and flattening that began in earnest at the beginning of 4Q18’s dislocation and the gradual heating-up of the tariff war. Sunday’s Argentine Presidential primary election surprise, where pro-free markets incumbent Macri lost to populist duo Fernandez/Kirchner by a wider than expected margin, further exacerbated that trend.
In this newsletter, we examine the driving forces behind this persistent yield curve decline and flattening and potential remedies to the “lower for longer” norm.
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On July 31, 2019, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time since the 2008 Financial Crisis from…
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