Monday , 11 December 2017


Roubini, Schiff, Rosenberg and Whitney Agree: Another Recession Is At Hand! Here's Why

So says Kimball Corson  in an article* posted on SeekingAlpha.com which Lorimer Wilson, editor of www.munKNEE.com (Your Key to Making Money!), has further edited ([  ]), abridged (…) and reformatted below  for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy read. The author’s views and conclusions are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original article. Please note that this paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement. Corson goes on to say in the article:

The possibility of the U.S. dipping back into recession has been of particular concern to economists. As Spence explained in an interview in Hong Kong.

“I’m quite worried. A combined downward dip in Europe and America – which is a good chunk of the industrialized economies – I’m quite sure will take down growth in China particularly, and that will then immediately spread to the rest of the emerging economies.”

History is on Spence’s side: 9 of 11 recessions since World War II were preceded by periods of growth of 1 percent or less. The American economy is believed to be now growing at just under 1%. A slew of recent economic data indicates the economy is slowing. This spring, the U.S. economy grew at a rate of only 1%.

GDP growth has been adversely affected by weak consumer spending — which accounts for 70 percent of the U.S. economy — and high levels of unemployment, economists say… [Nevertheless], in a recent survey, many economists…[conveyed that] a second recession isn’t likely, putting the possibility of such a downturn within the next 12 months at 25 to 40 percent [which is] still more than half of Spence’s estimate. Others, [however,] seem to agree more with Roubini and Schiff. Meredith Whitney, [for example,] noted “increasing signs” of a double-dip earlier this month.

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Much will depend on whether our economy is able to gain growth in the third quarter. 2% is the now the overly optimistic consensus forecast for that quarter, given that the situation is deteriorating so fast… [Furthermore], if Europe has a crisis, we will all likely sink into recession. U.S. consumer confidence in early August sank to its lowest since 1980, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan survey released Friday, even lower than during the last recession!

What will it take to preempt a global downturn? “Bold…action on both sides of the Atlantic,” Spence says.

So what have we got? Next to nothing. No programs, Nada. Even Bernanke is crawled into a shell and has no agenda. Republicans want to cut the deficit. Democrats are scratching their heads. This is close to Rome burning while Nero fiddled!

*http://seekingalpha.com/article/290614-another-recession-is-at-hand?source=email_macro_view

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