Is There Still a Recession Coming, or Did We Avoid It?

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Is there still a recession coming? Did the US manage to avoid the impending doom?

Experts are still divided on whether the United States will face a recession, with signs pointing in both directions. Some say that interest rate hikes, oil price increases, and dwindling savings signal a possible recession. Others counter that there’s optimism for continued growth.

Continue reading to learn more about the two perspectives.

The 2 Views on an American Recession

A recession is characterized by a minimum of two consecutive quarters of economic decline, as indicated by a decrease in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Recessions can make Americans’ daily lives more challenging as individuals’ incomes drop and costs rise, forcing families to cut back on essentials such as food, health care, and housing.

Economic forecasters predicted the onset of a recession at various points throughout 2022 and 2023. Economists feared that factors including Federal Reserve interest rate hikes and lingering economic constraints from the Covid-19 pandemic would trigger an economic downturn. So far, dire recession projections have yet to materialize. However, some say that cracks have started to emerge.

View 1: We’re Not Out of the Woods

Many economists, including at Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Fannie Mae, predict an impending recession later this year or in the first quarter of 2024. Key signs of a downturn that they cite include:

View 2: A Recession Isn’t Likely

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, Goldman Sachs, and Larry Fink of BlackRock, among other analysts, argue that a recession in the near future is improbable. They point to the unconventional nature of the current pandemic-induced economic cycle, which defies historical patterns. They also note that three significant economic vulnerability critical indicators have improved: downward revisions in payroll data, a deceleration in the increase of unemployment insurance claims, and a narrowing of the gap between job seekers and job openings. Consequently, these analysts anticipate ongoing economic growth and expansion, supported by the following factors:

Looking Ahead

Economic outlooks continue to diverge when it comes to predictions of growth or a downturn ahead. Yet with high inflation, rising interest rates, geopolitical tensions, and other variables in play, uncertainty dominates. As a result, some experts recommend taking proactive steps to recession-proof yourself where possible:

How to Pay Off Debt

In The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, he explains how to pay off your debts using the snowball method. You need to get rid of debt to get control of your income and put it to work for you. There are two steps:

1) List your debts in order, from the one with the smallest balance to the largest. Exclude only your mortgage.

2) Each month, apply every extra dollar you have after basic expenses toward paying the smallest debt until it’s paid off. Make the minimum payments to stay current on the other debts on the list. 

After the smallest debt is paid, apply the payment you had been making on it, plus any additional money you have, toward paying off the next smallest debt. When the second debt is paid off, apply the payment amounts from the first two debts, plus any other money you can find, to the third debt on your list, and so on.

Each time you pay off a debt, you increase the amount you can pay on the next one—your payments continue to snowball until your debts are paid off.

Is There Still a Recession Coming, or Did We Avoid It?

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Hannah Aster

Hannah graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English and double minors in Professional Writing and Creative Writing. She grew up reading books like Harry Potter and His Dark Materials and has always carried a passion for fiction. However, Hannah transitioned to non-fiction writing when she started her travel website in 2018 and now enjoys sharing travel guides and trying to inspire others to see the world.

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