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2019 is coming a close, and now as we turn towards next year, I present to you a list of 10 stock market predictions for 2020. You can review my list of top 10 predictions for previous years 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 to see how I did.
As I did last year, I will start with number 10 and work our way up to number 1 over the final month of 2019. Enjoy!
Prediction Number 8: US 10-Year Treasury Rate Will Surge to 2.3%
With global growth returning and the US economy surging to a 3% growth rate in 2020, interest rates in the US will begin to rise. It will result in the long-end of the yield curve increasing, sending the 10-Year rate to 2.3%, up from its current rate of 1.83% on December 14.
Inverted in 2019
The yield curve was inverted for much of 2019 as investors feared a US recession. However, that recession never came. But the slowdown was enough to get the Fed to move from a tightening stance to neutral, to cutting. As a result, the Fed lowered rates three times between July and October. It forced the short-end of the curve lower and helped to re-steepen the yield curve.
Yields Rise in 2020
Now with growth returning in 2020, rates on the long end will rise further. The chart shows that the 10-year is currently below a level of resistance at 1.95% The trend for the 10-year rate is higher at this point, forming a technical pattern known as a rising triangle. It will result in the 10-year breaking out and climbing to its next level of resistance at 2.15%. However, it will not stop climbing there. Instead, it will retrace 50% of the decline that started in late 2018, rising to resistance at 2.31%.
Additionally, the RSI has formed a bullish divergence. The pattern formed when the RSI fell to 18.5 in late May, creating a series of higher-lows, while yield continued to plunge. The bullish divergence suggests that momentum has shifted to favor yields rising over the longer-term.
Yield Curve Normalizes
Rising long-term rates will normalize the yield curve and widen spreads between short and long-dated maturities.
Making 10-year rates rising to 2.3%, prediction number 8 for 2020.
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