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Bill Dudley

The US Economy Is Headed for a Hard Landing

A recession is coming within 12 to 18 months as the Fed focuses on curbing inflation.

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Bill Dudley Sees Mild, Not Deep US Recession

If you’re still holding out hope that the Federal Reserve will be able to engineer a soft landing in the US economy, abandon it.  A recession is inevitable within the next 12 to 18 months. 

In their latest set of projections, Fed officials laid out a benign scenario, in which the economy keeps growing at a moderate pace and unemployment increases only slightly, even as the central bank raises interest rates significantly to get inflation under control. While the Fed’s forecasts have become more plausible over time, I see several reasons to expect a much harder landing.