History Rhymes: Preparing for an Imminent Recession
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Learning: UnstructuredStudying over 70 years of data lead us to believe that a recession may be imminent. Watch PIMCO Economist Tiffany Wilding discuss the economic implications of rising interest rates, and why investors may do well to stay invested in bonds.
So last October, we published our cyclical outlook prevailing under pressure. And in that note, we made several observations and the first was obviously that inflation was elevated. But the central bank policy response to that elevated inflation was one of the swiftest responses that we've seen in modern times. And that would likely produce a recession in order to bring down inflation.
Um The, the basis of our analysis that recessions were likely in the United States um in 2023 you know, was a historical analysis that we did across various developed markets over the last 70 years where we looked at hiking cycles and specifically the start of a hiking cycle. Um And, and what and what ensued in an economy after that, we found that around 2 to 2.5 years on average
after the start of a hiking cycle, you tended to see recessions across developed markets and you tended to see output gaps decelerated before that. Interestingly, uh as a result of that, we, we suggested that a recession was highly likely in 2023. And as it's playing out, um you know, we do appear to be getting closer to that, you know, more recently, we've seen banking sector stress with the
the failure of Silicon Valley Bank as well as Signature Bank. And then obviously the escalation of stress in the European markets with the ultimate deal for U Bs to buy credit suisse. So although we didn't necessarily forecast these specific idiosyncratic developments, the historical analysis that we did is actually not wildly off in terms of the timing for when these stresses uh would be expected.
So interestingly, although history doesn't always repeat, you know, sometimes it does rhyme. So what does that mean for investors? Well, our our investment implications in our cyclical outlook have been, we think bonds are back, we think the higher starting yields plus the likelihood that the diversification benefits of bonds will come back this year as the economy moves into recession, makes them a valuable portion of any investors portfolio.