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Strength of the Economy Is Surprising the Experts

Dan Cardoso

In search of a new adventure, Dan moved his wife and two sons from Hawaii to Madison in 2017 where he owned and managed a logistics company and a thri...

In search of a new adventure, Dan moved his wife and two sons from Hawaii to Madison in 2017 where he owned and managed a logistics company and a thri...

Jan 30 3 minutes read

We’re currently in the longest economic recovery in U.S. history. That has caused some to ask experts to project when the next economic slowdown could occur.

Two years ago, 67% of the economists surveyed by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) for the Economic Forecasting Survey predicted we would have a recession no later than the end of this year (2020). 

The same study done just three months ago showed more than one third of the economists still saw an economic slowdown right around the corner.

The news caused concern among consumers. This is evidenced by a recent survey done by Realtor.com that shows 53% of home purchasers (first-time and repeat buyers) currently in the market believe a recession will occur by the end of this year.

Experts Changing their Minds….

Now, in an article earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) revealed only 14.3% of those economists now believe we’re in danger of a recession occurring this year (see graph below):

The WSJ article strongly states,

“The U.S. expansion, now in its 11th year, will continue through the 2020 presidential election with a healthy labor market backing it up, economists say.”


Optimism Repeated by Others...

CNBC, quoting Goldman Sachs economists:

“Just months after almost everyone on Wall Street worried that a recession was just around the corner, Goldman Sachs said a downturn is unlikely over the next several years.”

Barron’s:

“When Barron’s gathers some of Wall Street’s best minds we expect some consensus, some disagreement… But the 10 veteran investors and economists who convened in New York on Jan. 6 at the Barron’s offices agree that there’s almost no chance of a recession this year.”

Washington Post:

“The U.S. economy is heading into 2020 at a pace of steady, sustained growth after a series of interest rate cuts and the apparent resolution of two trade-related threats mostly eliminated the risk of a recession.”

Robert A. Dye, Chief Economist at Comerica Bank:

“I expect that the U.S. economy will avoid a recession in 2020.”


Bottom Line

There probably won’t be a recession this year. 

That’s good news for you, whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home.

To find out the current value and demand for your home, contact an Accord Realty agent today!

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