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August 18, 2010: A Potential 'Double Dip' Recession

In this commentary we discuss our views regarding a potential ‘double dip’ recession. Our contention for some time has been that after an initial rebound, the economy would be mired in an extended period of below trend growth. This is based off of historical precedents in which recessions caused by financial crises have tended to be followed by weak expansions. Among other reasons, this phenomenon has typically been caused by the drag of deleveraging on economic growth. Of late, many US economic data points have disappointed investors, leading many to conclude that a ‘double dip’ recession is the most likely path ahead. It is important to note however, that much of the data has been emblematic of a decelerating economy, not one in absolute decline. One particular data point, the yield curve, actually appears to be projecting economic strength (see the linked article below). Of course this is only one item that we look at amongst a litany of others in assessing the economic environment. However, it is noteworthy that according to a recent Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco letter, the yield curve is the best indicator amongst the ten factors which comprise the Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index in terms of predicting economic activity eighteen months out.

While we have not changed our base case scenario described above, we do acknowledge that other outcomes, such as a ‘double dip’ recession, are possible. We therefore attempt to construct our portfolios to allow for this possibility, though we believe it is a less probable outcome. For this reason we have hedges in place which will help to protect the portfolio should the economic environment turn out weaker than our expectations. Given the degree of uncertainty and volatility in the market, we believe that that this is the most prudent course of action.

Click link to see article, Yield Curve to Recession Harbinger, Wall Street Journal, 8-16-10

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