What is 'Bear Steepener'
Bear steepener is the widening of the yield curve caused by long-term rates increasing at a faster rate than short-term rates. This causes a larger spread between the two rates as the long-term rate moves further away from the short-term rate.
BREAKING DOWN 'Bear Steepener'
This widening yield curve is similar to a bull steepener except with a bear steepener this is driven by the changes in long-term rates, compared to a bull steepener where short-term rates have a greater effect on the yield curve.