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U.S. Outlook: The economy is muddling along

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist

Muddling through — that’s kind of how the U.S. economy’s performance has felt over the last six months.Graph showing the US Economic Surprise Index

A worsening trade performance and declines in business investment and industrial production have dominated the economic landscape.

For more on this and other economic developments this week, see my full analysis. Highlights are outlined below, followed by a link to the full U.S. Outlook report, delivered on May 22.

Key observations:
  • U.S. economic releases have been running about 0.8 standard deviations below normal.
  • The U.S. economy has not been alone in missed economic expectations, with China standing out as consistently performing below expectations.
  • More home-building and consumer spending is expected in the second half of the year, but not enough to wipe away the poor start to the year.
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U.S. Outlook: Is housing still on fragile ground?

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
Housing affordability index - graph

We’re forecasting some improvement in April’s housing sales numbers and see other reasons for near-term optimism.

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