18 09, 2018

Wesbury’s Outlook – The Growing Deficit

By |2018-09-18T10:47:47+00:00September 18th, 2018|Governments, Interest Rates, Policy, Spending, Taxes|0 Comments

The U.S. federal government reported last week that it ran a deficit of $214 billion in August, the fifth largest deficit for any single month in US history. The Congressional Budget Office thinks these numbers are consistent with a budget deficit of about $800 billion for Fiscal Year 2018, which ends September 30. If so, [...]

17 07, 2018

Wesbury’s Outlook- Yield Curve Inversion

By |2018-07-17T06:10:52+00:00July 17th, 2018|Fed Reserve, Interest Rates, Policy|0 Comments

The yield spread between the 2-year and 10-year Treasury Note has narrowed to 25 basis points, its smallest spread since 2007. This has many investors worried the narrowing spread will lead to an inversion of the yield curve (when short-term rates exceed long-term rates) – which throughout history has often occurred prior to a recession. [...]

20 06, 2018

Wesbury’s Outlook- Bonds Misjudge the Future

By |2018-06-20T09:19:32+00:00June 20th, 2018|Financial, Interest Rates|0 Comments

We've always been skeptical that bond yields carry deep meaning about the future. Low Treasury bond yields in recent years were said to be a signal of slower growth, or possibly a recession, ahead. And the bond world said stocks were over-valued. Clearly, the forecasted recession never came. Not only is the economy accelerating, but [...]

30 05, 2018

Wesbury’s Outlook – Higher Rates Won’t Cause Debt Spiral

By |2018-05-30T09:41:53+00:00May 30th, 2018|Debt, Financial, Interest Rates, Policy|0 Comments

For decades, investors have feared the national debt growing to unsustainable levels and destroying the US economy. Back in 1981, the public debt of the federal government was $1 trillion; today it's more than $21 trillion. At some point, their theory goes, additional debt is going to be the fiscal straw that breaks the camel's [...]

10 04, 2018

Wesbury’s Outlook – A Generation of Interest Rate Illiterates

By |2018-04-10T09:34:27+00:00April 10th, 2018|Fed Reserve, Financial, Governments, Interest Rates|0 Comments

An entire generation of investors has been misled about interest rates: where they come from, what they mean, how they're determined. Lots of this confusion has to do with the role of central banks.  Many think central banks, like the Fed, control all interest rates.  This isn't true.  They can only control short-term rates.  It's [...]

26 02, 2018

Wesbury’s Outlook – Deficits, the Fed, and Rates

By |2018-02-26T14:26:53+00:00February 26th, 2018|Bullish, Fed Reserve, Financial, Governments, Interest Rates|0 Comments

Forgive us our incredulity.  The bond vigilantes were certain that as the Federal Reserve hiked short-term rates, long-term interest rates would barely budge, the yield curve would invert, and the economy would fall into recession. That theory has been blown to smithereens, so now we hear that it's rising long-term rates that will cause a [...]

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