Almost every single day there are reports of ‘greater and greater chances that the US is heading into a recession in 2008.” We aren’t trying to stand up as a fair weather forecaster, but interestingly enough it is amazing how all the over-reporting might make it happen even…. even if we would have escaped.
- Former FOMC Chief Alan Greenspan (CNBC report) today lifted his chances that the US will tip into recession at 50% rather than a prior 30% chance, He noted how the US economy will be in trouble and vulnerable to shocks for the next two quarters.
- John Bogle, the Vanguard founder, just put the chances at 75% that the U.S. is heading for recession during a CNBC interview.
- Goldman Sachs recently put the chance at 45%.
- Reuters reported that FITCH rating agency now has a 40% chance of a recession.
- Warren Buffett said on CNBC this week in his interview that the economy is very close. He noted that if employment starts to snag then we’ll tip into recession.
- Morgan Stanley expects a recession now.
- Barclay’s speaks to FinancialWeek on their recession comments.
- CNBC reports market pundits saying that optimism about a central bank effort to ease the global credit crunch turned to skepticism.
- MarketWatch lists recession stories in its dailies.
- Bill Gross of PIMCO thinks 3 1/4% Fed Funds is the answer.
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Jon C. Ogg
December 13, 2007
Jon Ogg can be reached at email@example.com; he does not own securities in the companies he covers.
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