The 10Y-2Y yield curve broke above the key level of -0.4% and that means a double-bottom pattern is in play. While we are confident that a major steepening cycle is here, we have to acknowledge that the nascent move could fail. A steepening move is also the market’s way of signaling easier conditions ahead.
The 10-year yield made a new cycle high just before the Jackson Hole meeting. That is significant, as it not only broke the lower-high-lower-low pattern since last October, but also rejected the hypothesis, “we have seen the cycle high in interest rates,” which was the consensus at the start of 2023.
The Value/Growth dynamic seemed to indicate a return to the “lower rates are good for Growth stocks” regime. China reopening is still alive and well, despite a recent pause. The GSCI Industrial Metals/Gold ratio has broken below its recent range, which bodes ill for inflation expectations going forward.