In March, the United States added roughly 500,000 jobs. The Dow Jones industrial average is only 6% away from its all-time high level.
Moreover, during the course of the epidemic, US families amassed over $2.5 trillion in surplus savings. Nonetheless, despite all of the good news, Wall Street is abuzz with talk of a coming recession.
Billionaire investors, former Federal Reserve officials, and now even investment banks have all warned that the economy may reach a snag in 2023. What is behind the current series of bleak economic predictions?
For some, it's a question of historical analogy. Lawrence Summers recently claimed that the economic situation that we are having right now is totally similar to other pre-recession times in the US. "Over the previous 75 years, every time inflation above 4% and percentage of people without work fell below 5%, the US economy entered a two-year slump".
In the United States, inflation is already reaching 8%, while the rate of lack of work has fallen to 3.6 percent in March. As a result, Summers now predicts that the US will enter a recession by next year.
According to Gary Pzegeo at CIBC of U.S: The bulk of economic decline forecasts are based on signs that the market shows us such as the recent, if short, the yield curve has been inverted.
Pzegeo stated that a surge in basic goods and energy prices, the Federal Reserve's recent strategy, and the consequences of the Ukraine conflict on the world’s economic evolution had lately flattened the yield curve.
When it was inverted, it sparked recessionary anxieties. After all, a 2s/10s yield curve inversion — when rates on short-term two-year government bonds outperform those on long-term 10-year government bonds—has foreshadowed every recession since 1955, with just one false warning.
The usual time period for a recession when the yield curve inverts is between 6 and 24 months, which is why all estimates of a recession by 2023 are based on this time range. Nonetheless, Pzegeo stated that, while the chances of an economic collapse have increased in recent months as market signals have turned red, CIBC is not projecting a recession as its "only conclusion."
Other financial institutions aren't as upbeat. Economists at Deutsche Bank predict a recession by the end of 2023 while inflation comes to our doors rapidly.
"The conflict in Ukraine and rising costs in Europe and the situation in the USA have compelled us to considerably revise down our prediction for global growth," a Deutsche Bank team led by economist David Folkerts-Landau said on Tuesday. "We now anticipate a recession in the United States within the next two years."
According to economists, the Ukrainian conflict has disrupted global supply chains and dramatically boosted commodity prices and energy expenses in the United States and the European Union.
According to CIBC's Pzegeo, inflation may frequently contribute to wealth loss, particularly when growing consumer prices surpass wage increases.
"It has the effect of a tax." So give it some time in the economy, and it'll chip away at your wealth and lay the stage for a recession," he warned.
Recent Conference Board GDP predictions have also raised concerns about a possible recession.
Real GDP growth in the United States is now forecast to fall to 1.7 percent per year in the first quarter of 2022, down from 7 percent in the fourth quarter of last year.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, the Fed has aided the US economy by keeping interest rates around zero, which has encouraged lending.
It has also flooded US debt markets with cash in order to encourage economic activity via quantitative easing, an unusual monetary strategy (QE).
With financial restrictions receding and rising costs reaching four-decade highs, the Fed is now confronted with a complicated deal: to reanimate the economy of the US softly. The objective is to raise interest rates and phase out QE in order to slow economic development and battle inflation without triggering an economic rapid decline.
Carl Icahn, the founder and chairman of Icahn Enterprises with an estimated worth of more than $15 billion, stated in a March interview that the Fed is not up to the task.
"I'm not sure if they'll be able to arrange a smooth landing," Icahn remarked. "I believe we'll have a bumpy touchdown."
He now supposes the United States will be in a recession "or even in a worse situation" by the end of 2023.
Also, Matthew Luzzetti claimed in the last note connected with the bank's analyses led by him: "We don't think the Fed will achieve a smooth landing." Instead, we expect a more severe hawkish monetary policy to send us into economic depression."
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