Latest U.S. Recession Forecasts

To wrap up Tuesday’s focus on financial matters, I thought I’d take a look at the latest recession forecasts being made on various mainstream media outlets. From a Reuters.com article last Friday:

A recession is typically defined as two consecutive quarters of economic contraction. The U.S. economy ground to a virtual standstill in the fourth quarter of last year, according to many estimates, and the manufacturing sector is already in recession.

Earlier this week, economists at Citi said the risk of a global recession was rising, Morgan Stanley put the probability at 20 percent in a worst case scenario, and French bank Societe Generale said it was 10 percent and rising

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

I’ll get back to Citi’s eye-opening forecast in just a minute. From a different Reuters piece that was also published on January 22:

World stock market losses are approaching $8 trillion so far this year and investors last week poured the most money into government bond funds in a year, suggesting they fear the global economy could tip into recession, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said on Friday.

The bank’s U.S. economists also said on Friday that the likelihood of the world’s largest economy entering a recession in the coming year has risen to 20 percent from 15 on percent…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

From Bloomberg.com Sunday:

The median probability for a U.S. recession in the next 12 months stood at 19 percent in this month’s Bloomberg survey of economists. While that’s the highest since February 2013, the median response of 36 economists put the likeliest year for a contraction as 2018, unchanged from the previous two months…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Finally, there’s this from the CNNMoney website this afternoon:

America’s economy is not in a recession, but fears of one are growing fast.

The chance of the U.S. sinking into a full-blown recession now stand at 18%, according to a CNNMoney survey of economists this week.

That’s nearly double what the nation’s top economic policymaker predicted only a month ago.

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen put the probability of a recession in 2016 at about 10% during her December press conference after the Fed raised interest rates for the first time in years.

She has said repeatedly that she thinks a recession is not on the horizon…

Citigroup predicted a 65% chance of a U.S. recession, a call that was so eyebrow raising that Yellen herself felt the need to swat it away, calling it “absolutely” wrong…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

To recap all those predictions regarding the chance for recession in 2016:

• Janet Yellen- 10%
• Societe Generale- 10% and rising
• CNNMoney survey of economists- 18%
• Bloomberg survey economists- 19%
• Morgan Stanley- 20% in a worst-case scenario
• Bank of America/Merrill Lynch- 20%
• Citi- 65%

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

“Nearly $8T wiped off world stocks in Jan, US recession chances rising: BAML.” Reuters. 22 Jan. 2016. (http://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/22/probability-of-us-recession-rises-to-20-pct-baml.html). 26 Jan. 2016.

Leong, Richard. “Morgan Stanley still sees 20 percent chance of U.S. recession.” Reuters. 22 Jan. 2016. (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-morganstanley-idUSKCN0V01ZZ). 26 Jan. 2016.

Jackson, Anna-Louise and Wang, Lu. “Worried About a U.S. Recession? You Shouldn’t Be.” Bloomberg. 24 Jan. 2016. (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-25/deeper-dive-into-market-monsoon-shows-recession-alert-on-mute). 26 Jan. 2016.

Long, Heather. “U.S. recession cries get louder.” CNNMoney. 26 Jan. 2016. (http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/26/news/economy/us-economy-recession-chance/). 26 Jan. 2016.

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