Friday, May 12, 2017

Philadelphia Fed – 2nd Quarter 2017 Survey Of Professional Forecasters

The Philadelphia Fed 2nd Quarter 2017 Survey of Professional Forecasters was released on May 12, 2017.  This survey is somewhat unique in various regards, such as it incorporates a longer time frame for various measures.
The survey shows, among many measures, the following median expectations:
Real GDP: (annual average level)
full-year 2017:  2.1%
full-year 2018:  2.5%
full-year 2019:  2.1%
full-year 2020:  2.3%
Unemployment Rate: (annual average level)
for 2017: 4.5%
for 2018: 4.3%
for 2019: 4.4%
for 2020: 4.5%
Regarding the risk of a negative quarter in real GDP in any of the next few quarters, mean estimates are 8.4%, 10.9%, 14.0%, 17.1% and 17.2% for each of the quarters from Q2 2017 through Q2 2018, respectively.
As well, there are also a variety of time frames shown (present quarter through the year 2026) with the median expected inflation (annualized) of each.  Inflation is measured in Headline and Core CPI and Headline and Core PCE.  Over all time frames expectations are shown to be in the 1.2% to 2.4% range.
I post various economic forecasts because I believe they should be carefully monitored.  However, as those familiar with this site are aware, I do not agree with many of the consensus estimates and much of the commentary in these forecast surveys.
The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation
SPX at 2390.19 as this post is written

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