Jul 30, 2019

Inverted Yield Curves and Expected Stock Returns

Eugene F. Fama and Kenneth R. French


We test the hypothesis that inverted yield curves predict negative equity premiums. Using monthly observations for the U.S. and 11 other developed markets, we examine whether shifting from equities to Treasury bills following a recent term structure inversion increases expected returns relative to a passive strategy of simply holding the value weight market. We find no evidence that inverted yield curves predict stocks will underperform bills.

Inverted Yield Curves and Expected Stock Returns (PDF)

Eugene F. Fama
The Robert R. McCormick Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Kenneth R. French
The Roth Family Distinguished Professor of Finance at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
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