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Yield Curve and Predicted GDP Growth

  • Background: The yield curve—which measures the spread between the yields on short- and long-term maturity bonds—is often used to predict recessions.
  • Description: We use past values of the slope of the yield curve and GDP growth to provide predictions of future GDP growth and the probability that the economy will fall into a recession over the next year.
Highlights
  April March February
3-month Treasury bill rate (percent) 2.43 2.47 2.45
10-year Treasury bond rate (percent) 2.58 2.55 2.66
Yield curve slope (basis points) 15 8 21
Prediction for GDP growth (percent) 2.3 2.1 2.2
Probability of recession in 1 year (percent) 31.0 32.7 29.7
  • Yield-Curve-Predicted GDP Growth
  • Probability of Recession Calculated from the Yield Curve
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