As we reflect back on a tumultuous 2022 and begin to look forward to 2023 we are not only preparing for our new year outlook but also what topics are on everyone's minds, including our own, over the holidays. We have listed the notable questions and what our take is on each one, both a short answer and a more nuanced view. So if the economy comes up in those lively holiday conversations hopefully these provide some interesting discussion material.
- “Are we in a recession? We have had two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth this year, isn't that a recession?”
Short answer:Not yet.
Long Answer: Although two quarters of falling GDP meets the definition of a “technical recession”, from an economic perspective weakness has to broaden out to a wider range before it meets the criteria for an official recession. The National Bureau of economic research (NBER) makes the official call on whether the economy is in a recession. To do this they use 6 economic indicators which are more expansive than just GDP which can be impacted by large swings in trade and inventory data (which we have seen this year). ..