The Citi US Economic Surprise Index has dropped below zero, meaning negative surprises outweigh positive macro-economic surprises. Several nowcast surveys are now predicting very little US GDP growth for this quarter. For example, the Atlanta Fed GDP now forecast has declined to just 0.3%. Hence it is not unthinkable that the US economy is stalling in the final quarter of this year, making investors look to the Federal Reserve for more easing. At this point, however, the odds of that easing happening seem low. And while the pace of GDP growth is expected to pick up next year, there is a real risk that this will take just a bit longer than equity investors in particular can handle.
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