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Nov 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving
Our U.S. offices are closed for the holiday; we will return Monday, November 28.

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Nov 23, 2022

Economic Roundup: Some Good News and Some Bad
U.S. economic data come in mixed to end the holiday-shortened week.

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Nov 23, 2022

U.S. Weekly Preview
The U.S. economic calendar will pick up significantly next week.

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Nov 22, 2022

Economic Roundup: Soft Data Point to Further Cooling of U.S. Economy
The Philly Fed's Nonmanufacturing Survey points to a contraction in activity for November.

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Nov 22, 2022

U.S. Employment Outlook: Job Gains Easing
Weak productivity growth is raising concerns, since productivity growth along with a growing labor force can help stem inflation pressures.

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Nov 22, 2022

Worker Shortage Complicates Fed's Inflation Fight
Millions of missing workers will hold up the labor supply recovery, which could indirectly mute the impact of monetary policy.

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Nov 22, 2022

U.S. Chartbook: Waiting With Bated Breath
A barrage of indicators suggested the economy is softening as chances of a Fed misstep worsen.

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Nov 22, 2022

Canada Risk Matrix: The Nervous Wait
The negative effects of the central bank's policy actions on the broader economy will likely become more evident in the first half of 2023.

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Nov 21, 2022

Economic Roundup: Trouble on the Railroad
The threat of a rail strike is back, but Congress can intervene after the Thanksgiving break.

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Nov 21, 2022

This Week in the Economy
Most leading economic indicators point to a coming recession, but while recession risks are uncomfortably high and the economy will have a tough 2023, our baseline outlook remains recession free as inflation moderates, consumers do their part, and businesses remain reluctant to lay off workers.

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Nov 21, 2022

Why U.S. Oil Production Lags Demand
Fundamental changes in global energy markets will keep per-barrel prices unusually high, giving firms confidence to pick up the pace of capital expenditures.

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Nov 18, 2022

Canada Weekly: Extreme House-Price Makeover
We dive into Montreal's runaway house prices since the pandemic.

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Nov 18, 2022

Economic Roundup: Existing-Home Sales Still Searching for a Bottom
The Conference Board's Leading Economic Index is sending an ominous message on the risk of recession.

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Nov 18, 2022

U.S. Weekly Highlights and Preview, November 18, 2022
We expect new-home sales to have fallen in October, wiping out nearly all of August's sharp increase.

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Nov 18, 2022

Geopolitical Risk Calendar: G-20 Agrees on Price Stability, Food Security
The summit also condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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Nov 17, 2022

Economic Roundup: Jobless Claims, Multifamily Activity Defiant Amid Uncertainty
Jobless claims fell, while multifamily activity is holding its own.

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Nov 17, 2022

The Implication of Tech Layoffs for U.S. Jobless Claims
The headlines about job cuts in tech are eye-grabbing, but the impact on jobless claims will underwhelm.

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Nov 17, 2022

Multifamily Housing Punches Above Weight
U.S. residential construction showcase a bifurcation between sluggish single-family and growing multifamily activity.

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Nov 16, 2022

Economic Roundup: A Bit Brighter for U.S. GDP
October data boosted our high-frequency GDP estimate for the fourth quarter.

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Nov 16, 2022

New Data Raise Q4 U.S. High-Frequency GDP
Incoming data this week have raised our estimate.

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Nov 16, 2022

Strong U.S. Retail Sales Growth Bypasses Holiday Segments
October gains were concentrated in spending segments such as gasoline stations, restaurants, grocery stores and vehicle dealers.

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Nov 16, 2022

U.S. Supply-Chain Stress Index Update
A reversal (and then some) from the latest increase in the index is due in the coming months.

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Nov 16, 2022

Inflation Hits Consumers Hard
U.S. households are raiding the piggy bank to keep spending; it is uncertain how long they can keep that going.

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Nov 15, 2022

Economic Roundup: More Signs Point to U.S. Inflation Easing
The U.S. producer price index sends a similar message as the consumer price index.

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Nov 15, 2022

Easing of Inflation Varies Across U.S. Regions
October's CPI moderation brought sighs of relief, but they were more muted in the West and Northeast.

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Nov 15, 2022

The Macroeconomic Cost of Climate Inaction
The U.S. economy can be decarbonized at a modest economic cost provided that the transition begins soon and occurs gradually.

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Nov 14, 2022

Economic Roundup: Big Week for U.S. Data
Later this week will see the release of important housing and consumer data in the U.S.

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Nov 14, 2022

U.S. Chartbook: A Week of Surprises
Midterm election results and the latest numbers on inflation were unexpected, but their implications for policymaking are limited.

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Nov 14, 2022

Inside Economics Podcast: Episode 84—Inflation and the Midterms
Will the Fed keep rates higher for longer?

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Nov 11, 2022

U.S. Weekly Highlights and Preview, November 11, 2022
A slew of data will arrive next week including PPI, retail sales and the housing market.

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Nov 11, 2022

Economic Roundup: Inflation Remains Top Concern
Despite some reason for optimism on the U.S. inflation front, global data are not so rosy.

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Nov 11, 2022

First Look at Q4 U.S. High-Frequency GDP Model
A more-timely estimate of the economy's current growth rate and direction.

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Nov 11, 2022

Canada Weekly: Debt Laden With Fewer Savings
Consumer debt is on the rise as household savings fall.

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Nov 11, 2022

Geopolitical Risk Calendar: U.S.-China Meeting Could Have Limited Impact
Presidents Biden and Xi Jinping plan to meet ahead of the G-20 summit.

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Nov 11, 2022

Signs of the U.S. Inflationary Fever Breaking
Used vehicles and health insurance subtracted from the CPI in October, while relief in other CPI components is forthcoming.

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Nov 10, 2022

Economic Roundup: Moving in the Right Direction
The U.S. consumer price index rose 0.4% in October, less than we or the consensus anticipated.

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Nov 10, 2022

Far From Declaring Victory
October's CPI report will not alter the Fed's near-term plans.

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Nov 10, 2022

Capital Market View: Rates Weigh on Lending
Worldwide investment-grade corporate bonds see 30% dip.

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Nov 10, 2022

U.S. Road to Recession: Cautiously Optimistic
The economic expansion is highly vulnerable to anything that might go wrong.

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Nov 09, 2022

Economic Roundup: How the U.S. Baseline Forecast Changed Between October and November
There were notable changes to global oil prices and U.S. house prices.

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Nov 09, 2022

Macroeconomic Implications of the Midterm Elections
If the U.S. economy enters a recession next year, don't expect a divided government to provide economic support.

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Nov 08, 2022

Economic Roundup: Midterm Election Day
A Republican House win would mean no further fiscal legislation is passed before 2024.

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Nov 08, 2022

Preview of the 2022 U.S. Midterm Elections
Republicans are poised to sweep both the House and Senate on Election Day.

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Nov 08, 2022

Pandemic, Transformed
The triple threat of COVID-19, the flu and RSV poses risks to the U.S. labor market.

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Nov 07, 2022

U.S. Credit Card Lending Spigot Tightens in Third Quarter
Lending standards for credits card have tightened significantly, though demand remains strong.

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Nov 07, 2022

Economic Roundup: Global Businesses Remain Uneasy
Our global business survey suggests that recession risks remain uncomfortably high.

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Nov 07, 2022

U.S. Chartbook: A Big Week
After another jumbo rate hike by the Federal Reserve, the central bank's chairman set new parameters for the path forward.

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Nov 07, 2022

Climate Tracker: Major Emitters Not United
Progress to date, as measured by greenhouse gas emissions and by pledges and commitments for future action, has been limited.

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Nov 07, 2022

U.S. Weekly Highlights and Preview, November 7, 2022
We expect headline CPI to move higher.

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Nov 07, 2022

Inside Economics Podcast: Episode 83—Debating Jobs and Forecasts
The unemployment rate rose in October, and that's what the Fed wanted to see.

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Nov 04, 2022

Economic Roundup: A Tale of Two Surveys
Payrolls increased more than expected, but household employment dropped.

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Nov 04, 2022

U.S. Jobs Report Cont'd: October Update
The strength of the U.S. labor market will keep the Fed from making dovish turns anytime soon.

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Nov 04, 2022

Geopolitical Risk Calendar: Brazilian Elections Not Disputed
The incumbent president conceded and urged his supporters to respect the vote.

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Nov 04, 2022

Canada Weekly: Avoiding Investors' Ire
Without energy, Canada's current account deficit will garner more concern.

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Nov 04, 2022

Regional Inflation Shifts Arrive in Time for Midterms
Mountain West costs are now rising most quickly, but the implications for elections remain murky.

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Nov 03, 2022

Economic Roundup: Final Thoughts Ahead of October U.S. Employment
We look for the economy to have added 175,000 jobs, on net, in October.

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Nov 03, 2022

U.S. Inflation Tracker Update: Upward Pressure Persists
Labor demand continues to exceed labor supply, or the labor force.

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Nov 03, 2022

U.S. Rental Vacancy Rate Will Be a Headwind to Inflation
Historically, the higher the rental vacancy rate, the slower rental inflation has been.

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Nov 02, 2022

Economic Roundup: Slower But Higher?
After four consecutive 75-basis point rate hikes, the Fed hints at a slowdown.

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Nov 01, 2022

Economic Roundup: Mixed Messages About U.S. Soft Landing
The ISM manufacturing survey had some favorable details, but the JOLTS did not.

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Nov 01, 2022

JOLTS Raises Risk of Harder Push by Fed
The supply-demand imbalance in the U.S. labor market worsened in September, raising the risk of a hard landing for the economy.

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Nov 01, 2022

More Than Meets the Eye in U.S. ISM Manufacturing Survey
The Fed will cheer certain aspects of the survey, but the outlook for monetary policy is unchanged.

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Oct 31, 2022

U.S. Chartbook: Check Engine Light On
Data released last week point to trouble for important engines of U.S. economic growth.

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Oct 31, 2022

Economic Roundup: Quiet Start to Busy Week
We expect that the Federal Reserve will press on with another 75-basis point rate hike.

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Oct 31, 2022

Weakening U.S. Capex Intentions Continue Into Fourth Quarter
Regional Fed surveys point to further weakness in core capital-goods shipments.

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Oct 31, 2022

U.S. Weekly Highlights and Preview, October 31, 2022
We'll see how tight the labor market is with the JOLTS and unemployment data.

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Oct 31, 2022

Nowcasting Recession With Google Searches
At the end of October, the signals of a U.S. downturn are small but rising compared with the previous nine months.

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Oct 31, 2022

Inside Economics Podcast: Episode 82—Multifamily Housing Outlook
U.S. wage growth overall has begun to cool in a trend that could help slow inflation.

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Oct 28, 2022

Economic Roundup: Fast and Furious
The Federal Reserve will remain uncomfortable with the pace of wage and price gains in the U.S.

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Oct 28, 2022

Canada Weekly: Recession and the Thomas Theorem
How should beliefs frame our understanding of recession?

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Oct 28, 2022

U.S. Residential Construction Set to Pause
Housing market conditions will continue deteriorate as higher mortgage rates weaken demand.

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Oct 28, 2022

Geopolitical Risk Calendar: China's Xi Secures Third Term
While the outcome was expected, it is unclear how the government will tackle the near-term problems.

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Oct 28, 2022

U.S. House Prices Drop as Mortgage Rates Climb
Prices will continue to fall nearly 10% from their recent peaks by the end of 2025.

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Oct 27, 2022

Economic Roundup: Recession Averted, For Now
The increase in third-quarter GDP quashes any fears that the economy is in recession.

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Oct 27, 2022

Unbanked Rate Declines, Aided by Fiscal Stimulus
A third of U.S. households that were newly banked last year opened an account to facilitate receipt of government payments—stimulus checks or unemployment benefits.

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Oct 26, 2022

Economic Roundup: U.S. Housing Market Takes It on the Chin
New-home sales are rapidly slowing as interest rates continue to erode affordability.

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Oct 26, 2022

Capital Market View: Moral Hazard in U.S. HY Corporate Bond Market?
The relationship between the VIX and high-yield spreads has broken down since the pandemic.

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Oct 26, 2022

Q3 U.S. GDP: The Final Countdown
The gain in quarterly growth will be misleading.

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Oct 26, 2022

This Week in the Economy: Catching a Break
The coming year will be a difficult one for the U.S. economy; just how difficult depends on whether the economy is able to catch a break.

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Oct 26, 2022

What to Make of 'Technical Recessions' Across States
No regional economy is truly contracting, but a few post-pandemic patterns are changing.

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Oct 25, 2022

Economic Roundup: U.S. Consumer Not Anxious About Recession
Confidence is holding up and not flashing red about a downturn.

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Oct 25, 2022

Global Outlook: Europe Will Go Down First
While the world economy is still expected to skirt recession, some regions are already entering a downturn.

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Oct 25, 2022

U.S. Consumer Spending Still Distorted
There will be a further shift back toward old patterns, but not all the changes that took place because of the pandemic will reverse.

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Oct 25, 2022

Canada Housing Market Outlook: Chill in the Air
The combination of increased borrowing costs, elevated inflation, and a softening labour market spells the end for the housing boom.

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Oct 25, 2022

U.S. Chartbook: Changing Behaviors
Consumers are backing off housing and goods purchases.

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Oct 25, 2022

U.S. Employment Outlook: Still Got It
The period of above-trend job growth driven by the recovery from the pandemic is drawing to a close.

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Oct 24, 2022

Economic Roundup: Whirlwind in U.K. Continues
Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak is now poised to become the next U.K.'s prime minister.

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Oct 24, 2022

Capital Market View: Under the Magnifying Glass
Despite worsening indicators, the loss exposure of U.S. banks is moderate.

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Oct 24, 2022

Q3 U.S. GDP Tracking Edges Higher, but Details Are Worrisome
Our model now estimates quarterly growth at an annualized rate of 2.4%, thanks to trade.

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Oct 24, 2022

U.S. Midterm Election: Divided Government Ahead
We evaluated 14 economic and political variables, and they overwhelmingly point to a Republican takeover of the House.

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Oct 24, 2022

Inside Economics Podcast: Episode 81—Consumer Sentiment and a Sentimental Farewell
U.S. house prices have declined quickly in many places; are sellers capitulating in a weakening market?

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Oct 21, 2022

Economic Roundup: What We Learned This Week
U.S. housing feeling the pain of higher rates and it is not over.

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Oct 21, 2022

U.S. B2B Tracker: Building Activity Slows Quickly
The effects of the Federal Reserve's rapid tightening cycle are rippling their way through the U.S. economy.

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Oct 21, 2022

Geopolitical Risk Calendar: U.K. Heads for New Prime Minister
This will be the third PM for the country this year.

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Oct 21, 2022

Canada Weekly: Oil Update
Canadian GDP will continue to weaken, with trade and oil particular letdowns.

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Oct 20, 2022

Economic Roundup: U.K. in Disarray
Political uncertainty will weigh on U.K. financial conditions and its economic outlook.

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Oct 20, 2022

U.S. Credit Outlook: Market Slows, Recession Risk Grows
As inflation persists, there's concern that overextended lower-income borrowers may push up delinquency and default rates.

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Oct 17, 2022

Economic Roundup: More on the September U.S. CPI
Goods disinflation is here but not for services, giving the Fed a headache.

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Oct 17, 2022

Capital Market View: Goods Disinflation Is Here
But services inflation is sticky and is accelerating.

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Oct 17, 2022

U.S. Weekly Highlights and Preview, October 17, 2022
Our baseline forecast is still for the Fed to engineer a soft landing and the economy to skirt a recession.

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