GDPNow Forecast 3.9%, Nowcast 2.1%: What to Watch a Week From Now


The GDPNow forecast is much stronger than Nowcast. The BEA will report GDP on Oct 26. Watch real final sales.

As has been typical for two quarters, there is a wide gap between the GDPNow forecast of 3.9% and the Nowcast forecast of 2.1%.

Once again, Nowcast is likely way too low.

Watch Real Final Sales

GDPNow is projecting a huge inventory build in the third quarter. Its base forecast is 3.9% but real final sales, the bottom line estimate of GDP is only 1.6%.

If accurate, an inventory build will add 2.3 percentage points to GDP at a time when sales and housing are in the midst of a slide.

There are a few more reports next week, so expect the GDPNow estimate to change a bit.

The BEA will report a number before Nowcast updates its estimate, a peculiar way of doing business even though I do not believe they take advantage.

I will post a guess on Thursday. The GDP report is due Friday.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Hey Mish. GDP numbers start with these estimates, then the first read, second, revisions, etc. I know you put some time and effort into it and I appreciate it. As always, I rarely look at the short term quarterly numbers. I will continue to “predict” 2% growth for several years more, in addition to the last 9 years. Eventually there will be a recession, as you say, but it is many years away barring some black swan event.


Mish, for those of us unfamiliar with these metrics, what is the historical accuracy of GDPNow? Can we trust the number at all?

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