Setting the Stage for the Coming Recession

Brian Smedley, head of the Macroeconomic and Investment Research Group at Guggenheim Investments, explains what the data tell us about the timing and severity of the coming recession.

Key Takeaways:

  • Fed rate cuts could start to have more impact, but so far data are consistent with our recession forecast, which also suggests the next recession will be of average severity.
  • Limited monetary and fiscal policy space may prolong the recession; the Fed doesn’t have much room to maneuver on rates, and the effect of 2018’s one-time tax cuts has worn off.
  • When the business cycle turns, the Fed is likely to pull out all the stops by cutting rates to the zero bound and recommencing asset purchases.
  • Historical evidence of “successful” Fed cuts is mixed, however, and it is difficult to correctly time policy moves.
  • At this point in the cycle, we believe there is more risk to the downside than upside and caution investors to focus on capital preservation.

Source: Guggenheim Investments 

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