Dr. Hadley Speaks on 2024 economy

Dr. Brandy Hadley, David A. Thompson Distinguished Scholar of Applied Investments, co-wrote an article on The Conversation and was interviewed by The National Desk.

The Conversation

Economic lookahead: As we ring in 2024, can the US economy continue to avoid a recession?

With economic forecasters rewriting their 2024 outlooks following recent moves from the Federal Reserve, The Conversation turned to two financial economists to share their thoughts on the upcoming year.

D. Brian Blank and Brandy Hadley are professors who study finance, firm financial decisions and the economy. They explain what they’re watching in 2024.

1. At this time last year, many experts saw a downturn on the horizon. Will that long-predicted recession finally come to pass in 2024?

The good news is, probably not.

The U.S. economy is not in a recession and will likely continue growing. Over the past year, gross domestic product has outpaced expectationsinflation is trending downward and employment remains robustReal wages have increased, as has consumer spending. Additionally, housing demand is strong and financial markets are at all-time highs. While no one should argue that there will never be another recession, 2024 seems to be an unlikely time for one – unless there’s some unexpected spark like, for example, a new global pandemic.

Read more of the article on The Conversation 

The National Desk

2024 economic outlook: Can a recession be avoided?

(TND) — Our economy looks to avoid a long-predicted recession in 2024 while seeing price increases ease, interest rates cut, and continued strength in the job market, a pair of experts said Tuesday.

“I think in a lot of ways the economy is going to continue to create more optimism than pessimism when we look at the numbers,” said finance professor Brandy Hadley at Appalachian State University.

The gross domestic product – a broad measure of the U.S. economy – grew a robust 4.9% in the third quarter of 2023 compared to a year earlier.

Hadley and fellow finance professor Brian Blank, of Mississippi State University, said they expect “moderated growth” this year between 1.5% and 2.5%.

Read more of the article on TND

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Published: Jan 3, 2024 2:51pm