Jeffrey Gundlach Says U.S. on Pre-Election ‘Recession Watch’
Bloomberg – The likelihood of U.S. recession before the 2020 election has grown, based on changes in the Treasury yield curve, according to Jeffrey Gundlach, the billionaire money manager and chief executive officer of DoubleLine Capital.
“We should be on recession watch before the 2020 election,” Gundlach said Thursday in London. “We’re getting closer but we’re not there yet.”
The odds of a U.S. recession before the election are 75%, said Gundlach, whose Los Angeles-based firm oversees more than $140 billion, reiterating a prediction he made in August.
The best signal of a recession is not an inverted yield curve, the money manager said. “It’s the inversion occurring and then going away.”
Yields on 2-year Treasuries exceeded those on 10-years in August, forming an inversion, before flipping back this month.
In other comments, Gundlach said:
* He’s turned “neutral” on gold, one of his previously recommended investments. “It’s had a big run.”
* The U.S. and China are unlikely to reach a long-term trade pact before the presidential election.
* It’s a “terrible time” to bet on U.S. housing and homebuilder stocks because of high inventory and weak demand.