A Major Recession Coming to the US, Warns Deutsche Bank

This month, Deutsche Bank warned by becoming the first central bank to predict a US recession. It is a warning of a severe downturn caused due to the Federal Reserve’s quest to topple extreme inflation.

“We will get a major recession.” Deutsche Bank economist remarked in a report to a client on Tuesday.

As per the bank, the inflation may be spiking; it will take a “long time” before settling down to the Fed’s goal of 2%. This suggests the central bank will increase the interest rate so severely that it would impact the economy. 

In March, consumer prices augmented by 8.5%, the swiftest in 40 years. Moreover, the job market remains on fire, with Moody’s Analytics observing that the unemployment rate will soon stoop to the lowest level since the early 1950s. 

Deutsche Bank created an index that tracks the distance between unemployment and inflation over the past 60 years and the Fed’s stated goals for those metrics. As per the bank, the Fed today is “much further behind the curve” than it has been since the 1980s, when severe high inflation resulted in the central bank increasing interest rates to record highs, crumbling the economy. 

Although Deutsche Bank predicted a negative forecast, it’s the most bearish among established banks on Wall Street- others contend this gloom-and-doom is overdone. 

Goldman Sachs claims it would be very “challenging” to reduce inflation and wage rise. Still, it highlights that a recession is “not inevitable.”

Deutsche Bank remarked the most crucial factor behind its more pessimistic observation is the likelihood that inflation would remain “persistently elevated for longer than generally anticipated.”

The bank said various developments would result in higher-than-feared inflation, including the reversal of globalization, climate change, further supply-chain disruptions resulting from the war in Ukraine, and a lockdown imposed in China. 

If inflation stays longer, the Fed would be forced to take dramatic interest rate hikes. The Fed raised borrowing rates by a quarter-percentage point in March. However, last week, chairman Jerome Powell conceded that a half-point walk is “on the table” at the following week’s meeting.