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Yield Curve Inverts: Buy Gold Miners

US yield curve just inverted...
 
BOND YIELDS are crashing in major markets all around the world as fears of a global economic slowdown have prompted investors to seek shelter in low-risk government debt, writes Frank Holmes at US Global Investors.
 
Both Germany and Japan's 10-year bond yields are back below zero, marking the first time we've seen German yields turn negative since October 2016.
 
The pool of negative-yielding bonds around the globe now stands at a post-2017 high of $9.32 trillion. Yields in Australia and New Zealand have also fallen to record lows, according to Bloomberg.
 
 
Here in the US, the yield on the 10-year Treasury has fallen to a more-than-one-year low on a dovish Federal Reserve. As you no doubt know by now, late last week, one very important part of the yield curve inverted for the first time since late 2006. On Tuesday morning, the 10-year Treasury was yielding 2.43%, compared to 2.46% for the 3-month Treasury – a small but meaningful spread of negative 3 basis points.
 
 
A yield curve inversion indicates that investors are anticipating a rate cut in the near future, which itself is a possible sign that economic growth is slowing.
 
As such, inversions have been among the most reliable forecasters of recessions – at least here in the US, where each of the past seven recessions were preceded by an inversion.
 
Responding to this development, Morgan Stanley strategist Michael Wilson told CNBC that investors should "remain defensively positioned."
 
One of the best defensive positions, I believe, is gold bullion and gold mining stocks, which in the past have traded inversely to yields. When yields have risen, indicating less demand for a safe haven, gold prices have sunk. And when yields have fallen, indicating a risk-off sentiment, gold prices have climbed.
 
Take a look below. What the chart shows is the inverse relationship between gold mining stocks and the real 10-year Treasury yield – "real" meaning inflation-adjusted. As you can see, gold stocks soared in the summer of 2016 as yields deteriorated and finally dipped below zero.
 
 
Today, yields are similarly on a downward path, boosting gold mining stocks. Year-to-date through March, the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index is up more than 10%.
 
But will yields turn negative? I can't say for sure, of course. What I can say is that gold and gold mining stocks have historically been a good place to be positioned when economic fears pushed down bond yields.
 
This is why I always recommend a 10% weighting in gold, with 5% in physical gold and the other 5% in high-quality gold mining stocks and funds. I like to call this the 10 Percent Golden Rule, and in the past, it's helped investors stanch some of the losses they've experienced during economic pullbacks and equity bear markets.

Frank Holmes is chief executive officer and chief investment officer of US Global Investors Inc., a registered investment adviser managing approximately $4.8 billion in 13 no-load mutual funds and for other advisory clients. A Toronto native, he bought a controlling interest in US Global Investors in 1989, after an accomplished career in Canada's capital markets. His specialized knowledge gives him expertise in resource-based industries and money management.

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