Upcoming Event: The yield curve is a way to show the difference in the compensation investors are getting for choosing to buy short- or long-term U.S. Treasury debt. On rare occasions, the yield curve inverts: it shows higher interest rates for short-term debt than for long-term debt. An inverted yield curve is sometimes viewed as a predictor of an economic slowdown or recession. Since the Federal Open Market Committee began raising its policy rate in December 2015, the spread between short- and long-term interest rates has narrowed, with the yield curve flattening, but not inverting.
Economist Chris Waller, director of research at the St. Louis Fed, will discuss what the yield curve looks like now and what it is telling us. Will long-term rates keep pace with projected increases in the policy rate, given the still-positive outlook for the economy? Or is the yield curve at risk of flattening further?
This free event will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. CT Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza in St. Louis. A pre-event reception begins at 6 p.m. Please note that registration closes May 21 or as soon as all seats are filled.
Bookmark this page to join us for a live webcast starting at 6:30 p.m. CT Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
Dialogue with the Fed is the St. Louis Fed's popular evening lecture series open to the general public. Designed to address the key economic issues of the day, it also provides the opportunity to ask questions of Fed experts. Events are held at the St. Louis Fed and its branches, with the discussions at the St. Louis Fed also available via live webcast.
Karen Casbourne: Office, 314-444-7471 | Mobile, 314-341-6693 | Karen.Casbourne@stls.frb.org
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