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Tim Riddell, senior market strategist at Westpac, suggests that the US yield curve inversion has heightened markets’ angst over US recession risks.

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“Bloomberg and NY Fed (1yr ahead) recession indices, which both incorporate yield curves, show the sharp rise in those risks. Though there were pockets when individual indices rose without a recession, this was rarely the case when both indices rose.”

“The 30-31 July FOMC minutes did not show any urgency or deepening concern though there was a notable increase in divergent views and desire to maintain flexibility. The iteration of the mid-cycle nature of their easing, despite increased external concerns, may keep curve inversion in play and therefore the market’s sense of potential recession. Further yield curve concerns may be a feature of the Kansas Fed Symposium.”

Trump’s recent comments on unfavourably low/negative rates overseas could lead to further trade tariff tactics being deployed. The combination of such events could continue to favour USD overall even if there might be a rush towards safe haven currencies.”