The economy can avoid a recession in the United States
The economy can avoid a recession in the U.S., including Thanks to a strong labor market, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.
“What is the threat of recession to the U.S. economy? I see a ‘soft landing’ as a possible outcome, and I hope we can achieve it. The economy is essentially in good shape,” she told reporters Friday on the sidelines of a meeting of G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors.
She also noted that “inflation is slowing if you calculate it on a twelve-month basis,” according to Bloomberg. Meanwhile, core inflation (excluding volatile food and energy prices) remains above the target level of 2%, and “there is still a lot to do to reduce it,” said the head of the Ministry of Finance.
On Thursday, it became known that the U.S. economy growth estimate for the 4th quarter of 2022 was downgraded to 2.7% in annualized terms from the previously announced 2.9%. At the same time, analysts did not expect a change.
The main reason for the revision was a less significant rise in consumer spending, which accounts for two-thirds of US GDP. They rose 1.4%, not 2.1% as previously announced.
Consumer prices excluding food and energy costs (Core CPI) rose 5.6% year-over-year in January after rising 5.7% in December.
Earlier we reported that H&M stock is rising after an improved recommendation from Bank of America.
Investors gravitate toward bear market after Fed decision
The consensus among investors is that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise rates again before the end of the year and will not loosen its monetary policy until 2024, which is a bearish outlook for the stock market. So it’s important to be prepared for a drop in the S&P 500 and other indices.
That’s the prevailing view of about 350 respondents to the Instant MLIV Pulse survey after Wednesday’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting.
The findings contrast with the interest rate swap market, which is still struggling to gauge a rate cut this year. More than 70% of MLIV Pulse respondents said the Fed is not done raising rates yet. More than half said they expect the central bank to wait with its policy easing until next year.
The survey results are in line with Fed officials, but go against traders who estimated this year’s rate cut has led to lower Treasury yields.
Swap markets expect the Fed rate to peak at around 4.95% in May and then fall to about 4.2% in December.
Earlier we reported that the U.S. Department of Justice has begun investigating the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank.
Startups under threat worldwide after Silicon Valley Bank collapse
High-tech startups have been hit. Companies around the world are facing a fight for survival after the collapse of a major US investment bank, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). There was a “huge disruption” in the industry globally, Bloomberg reported, citing market participants. The entire stock market, and the S&P 500 in particular, plummeted.
Startups under threat
The bankruptcy of the lending institution, in particular, affected the co-founder of startup Birdly Inc. Quang Hoang. The entrepreneur invested about $10 million in SVB and is still unable to repay the money four days after the bank was shut down by the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation. However, the entrepreneur is far from the only one who has faced similar problems, the article specifies.
“Hoang was one of thousands of founders around the world this week trying to track down their money after days of chaos and who are completely rethinking the way they run their own businesses. Startups from Silicon Valley to London to Tel Aviv to tech hubs across Africa have depended on SVB as a one-stop store for everything from storing their fortunes to personal mortgages,” the story says.
Now investors and technology companies are predicting a complicated financial future for themselves, even if the bankrupt bank begins to attract deposits from customers under a new name. Many market participants faced a “financial payback” for their overreliance on the credit institution’s risky investment assets, the memo said.
On March 11, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation closed Silicon Valley Bank, a large investment bank based in Santa Clara County. All insured deposits from SVB were transferred to Deposit Insurance National Bank of Santa Clara. Depositors were expected to have access to their accounts by March 13.
Earlier we reported that the U.S. Department of Justice has begun an investigation into the circumstances of the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank.
U.S. Justice Department Opens Investigation into Silicon Valley Bank Collapse
The U.S. Justice Department is set to investigate the circumstances surrounding the bankruptcy of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), which was the largest since the global crisis in 2008. The entire stock market collapsed, in particular the S&P 500. This was reported by The New York Times (NYT), citing two people familiar with the situation.
The sources of the newspaper noted that the investigation is at a very early stage, and it is not yet very clear what the focus of federal investigators and prosecutors will be.
Lawyers believe that the main point that may attract investigators is that a few weeks before the crash of SVB, several top managers sold their shares. The sale of securities brought the sellers millions of dollars.
Market experts pointed out that some top managers sold their shares by previously announced plans, so that such sales would not seem illegal. For this purpose, the date of sale of securities and their volume are chosen in advance. However, some politicians have already said that all of the bank’s top managers should return the money received from the sale of shares.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal, citing its sources, wrote that creditors of the bankrupt bank SVB joined to make profits after the collapse of the financial institution.
Earlier, we reported that an American billionaire declared the collapse of American capitalism.
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