The big, fat, black fly in the ointment! There! I said it!
I am referring to our peek around the economic quarter six to nine months in the future, May 2023 – August 2023, The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index (LEI).
What does it look like?
April -.30% ---------Begin “Death Rattle” here
The LEI is down -2.80% over the six-month period between March and September 2022. This is a significant reversal from a +1.40% growth rate over the prior six months.
Why does this matter? The Conference Board’s Senior Director of Economics, Ataman Ozyildirim, said “persistent downward trajectory in recent months suggests a recession is increasingly likely before year end”. Pretty sure “Ozzy” (I just made that nickname up) wants to keep his job and what he wanted to say was this quote from LPL Research on 10/21/2022.
“Since the inception of the LEI Index, a decline of this magnitude over a six-month period always foreshadowed a recession in the coming quarters…If the economy falls into a recession, the cause will likely be from the consumer sector retrenching after years of inflationary pressure, high housing costs, and slow wage growth.”
I’m interested in your thoughts, comments, and observations. Feel welcome to call, email or stop by the office and say Hi.
James O. Lunney, CFP®
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