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Deutsche Bank revises U.S. economic outlook amid optimistic signals

Deutsche Bank revises U.S. economic outlook

Deutsche Bank has recalibrated its assessment of the U.S. economic landscape, indicating a notable departure from its prior prognostications that had hinted at the possibility of an impending recession.

This shift in perspective comes as the result of a confluence of pivotal factors, including a discernible abatement in inflationary pressures and signs of a labor market that appears to be steadying itself, thereby assuaging concerns about a pronounced uptick in unemployment.

Previously, the brokerage had harbored expectations that the economy might veer toward a mild recession, particularly amidst the Federal Reserve's concerted efforts to tighten interest rates as a means to rein in burgeoning inflationary tendencies, thus narrowing the scope for achieving a graceful descent. However, recent developments have engendered a reevaluation of this outlook.

In a communique disseminated on Monday, Deutsche Bank unveiled its revised forecast, now charting a trajectory wherein the U.S. economy is anticipated to expand by 1.9% on a quarterly average basis for the year, marking a significant adjustment from its earlier, more subdued forecast of a mere 0.3% growth, as relayed by Reuters.

Matthew Luzzetti, serving as the brokerage's chief U.S. economist, underscored that while formidable challenges persist—such as lingering tight credit conditions, escalating consumer delinquency rates, and a discernible deceleration in the labor market—the steadfastness exhibited thus far hints at a more measured deceleration in 2024 compared to previous prognostications.

Notwithstanding this more sanguine outlook, Deutsche Bank still anticipates that the Federal Reserve will embark on a trajectory of interest rate cuts commencing from June. However, the extent of these envisaged cuts has been downwardly revised, with the brokerage now envisioning a total of 100 basis points (bps) of rate reductions throughout the year, marking a reduction from its initial forecast of 175 bps.

The recent trove of economic data seems to buttress this more optimistic narrative, with the U.S. economy registering a robust growth rate of 3.3% in the fourth quarter, buoyed by resilient consumer spending.

Furthermore, the aggregate growth for the entirety of 2023 stood at a commendable 2.5%, defying earlier prognostications of an imminent recession in the wake of the Federal Reserve's concerted series of rate hikes. These indicators underscore the resilience and adaptability of the U.S. economy in navigating through the choppy waters of challenging macroeconomic conditions.



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