The point between Fed tightening and easing is a good time to reconsider the widely accepted long-and-variable-lags theory of monetary policy. Is the economy still vulnerable to recession from the lagged effects of the 2022-2023 tightening round? We don’t think so. The markets have already started to ease, which should offset some lagged tightening effects. Furthermore, lagged tightening effects don’t invariably cause recessions. Our work shows that recessions result when tightening rounds cause credit crunches, not when they merely tamp down demand, and that credit-crunch precipitated recessions descend quickly, not with lags.
Also: Recent unemployment stats support rising consumer spending, in our view.