Recession Risk 'Uncomfortably High': Moody's
NEW YORK (BankingMyWay) -- In baseball, hitting safely three out of 10 times can land you a big payday, and if you do it long enough, maybe even get you into the Hall of Fame.
In economics, three out of 10 has a different meaning. Specifically, it's the chances of the U.S. sliding back into recession, according to a study released last week by Moody's Analytics, U.S. Macro Outlook: Moving Forward, Slowly.
Moody's chief economist Mark Zandi sees healthy signs and trouble spots for the U.S. economy, and enough of the latter to forecast a 30% chance of recession.
Zandi calls that figure "uncomfortably high" and adds that most risks linked to the nation's economy are "decidedly to the downside." (One bright spot: He says the U.S. housing market appears to be on the mend, which helps the construction industry.)The study also estimates that ongoing U.S. gross domestic product growth will remain at about 2%, with unemployment locked into a rate of more than 8%. As usual with the macroeconomic picture, a pair of culprits receive a brunt of the guilt. "It's hard to see how job growth can gain traction or how employment can decline in earnest until the fiscal cliff and euro area's debt crisis are resolved," Zandi says. The "fiscal cliff" issue can be remedied, Zandi says, but only if Congress can pull its act together and agree on a "credible" tax and spending program that would curb mounting U.S. national debt, which stands at $15.9 trillion. In per capita terms, the U.S. Debt Clock estimates:
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