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Stubborn Inflation Fuels Fears of No Landing Scenario

Stubborn Inflation Fuels Fears of No Landing Scenario

April 29, 2024

After there’s been a lot of talk about a so-called soft landing, i.e. successfully bringing down inflation towards its target without plunging the economy into recession, the U.S. economy’s continued strength along with some hotter-than-expected inflation readings has given rise to a new buzzword, the “no landing” scenario.

As opposed to a soft landing explained above and a hard landing, which describes bringing down inflation at the cost of a sharp drop-off in economic activity and a significant rise of unemployment, a “no landing” scenario describes an outcome where robust economic growth coincides with a failure to bring down inflation despite the Fed’s or any other central bank’s efforts to cool it.

According to Bank of America’s Global Fund Manager Survey, which gauges the sentiment of approximately 300 institutional, mutual and hedge fund managers around the world on a monthly basis, such an outcome for the global economy is now considered significantly more likely when looking at the next 12 months than it was at the beginning of the year.

In April, 36 percent of respondents saw a “no landing” as the most likely scenario for the next 12 months versus just 7 percent in January. At the same time, the dreaded “hard landing” is no longer considered a likely outcome for the vast majority of fund managers amid strong economic readings in the United States and internationally, which have eased recession fears but also dashed hopes of imminent rate cuts from central banks across the globe.


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