Steno Signals #62 – The recession is called off (by consensus)
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The most pre-announced recession in human history is still yet to arrive and I don’t think it’s possible to find a period in time where the economist consensus has been continuously on the bearish side of actual outcomes, outside of the one we have just been through
From a soft landing to a hard landing to NO landing. That has been the pattern for economic projections both in Q4-2022 and Q1 to Q4-2023. Finally, the recession has been called off in the economic consensus as BBG consensus is now in >0% territory for all quarters ahead. Even Jay Powell sounded puzzled about the above-trend growth projections for Q3-2023.
This may be the exact reason why you should start fearing the recession again.
Chart 1: The recession has been called off by the consensus now
The “no-landing” camp is getting increasingly crowded and even if we do not rule such a scenario out, we find that the probability of outcomes is starting to favor a more conservative approach to risk taking.