Lakshman Achuthan, Co-Founder & Chief Operations Officer of the Economic Cycle Research Institute (ECRI - More about ECRI) appeared on CNBC this morning to discuss their economic outlook. The video is below.
In a nutshell ECRI remains bearish on the US economy with a continuing forecast for a recession. They believe economic growth doesn't really "muddle along" at sustained low rates.
Summary of Key Points:
Since September Recession Call, ALL of the data used to define recessions is slowing.
- Year-over-year GDP Growth peaked in Q3 2010, fell to 1.5% in Q2 2011 and has been flat-line since then.
(Annualized quarterly GDP growth for Q4-2011 was 2.8% but the year-over-year growth was only 1.6%)
- Personal Income Growth and Broad Sales Growth see Same kind of pattern
- Industrial production at 22 month low
Put those into a COINCIDENT INDEX then it shows the growth has been slowing. We have not had a decline like that in the Coincident Index without a recession in the last 50 years.Joe Kernan pointed out the Federal Reserve must agree with Lakshman and ECRI because they continue to print money and keep rates low.
- Lakshman said World's central banks are printing money like crazy which is why we feel better. If you look at how often money is exchanged in the economy, then it is at a record low in the US and Europe and near record lows in China.
- Jobs have improved but that is a bit of a lagging indicator. ECRI still feels jobs will get worse and follow consumer spending growth which is going down. Personal disposable income has been negative for FIVE MONTHS!
Can anything change his mind? The stock market seems to be predicting a recovery.
- Leading indicators do not negate the recession forecast. WLI is up but with the tons of money printed, they are surprised these are not up more.
- The stock market rallied after their recession call in 2008 before it rolled over.
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For more information, read:
- More about ECRI
- Sept 30, 2011 ECRI: Jobs to Get Worse Under Recession-Bound US Economy
- Sept 27, 2011 ==> ECRI Recession Call <==
- June 3, 2011 "ECRI's Weekly Leading Index Falls Again; Economy to Slow Further in Coming Months"
- Nov 30, 2010 "ECRI Calls for Revival of US Economic Growth"
- Oct 28, 2010 "The much-feared double-dip recession is not going to happen"
- Oct. 28, 2010 ECRI Warns of High Inflation Nightmare From QE2
- Sept. 24, 2010 ECRI - Premature to Predict New Recession
- July 01, 2010 ECRI Weekly Leading Indicators Widely Misunderstood
- Dec. 04, 2009: ECRI Warns of Lasting High Unemployment Despite Economic Recovery
- July 31, 2009: ECRI Predicts End of Home Price Downturn
- July 21, 2009: ECRI Predicts The End of the Recession is Imminent
- April 3, 2009: ECRI Says US Business Cycle Recovery Ahead
- March 28, 2008: ECRI Calls it "A Recession of Choice"
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In 2004, Lakshman Achuthan co-authored "Beating the Business Cycle: How to Predict and Profit from Turning Points in the Economy"