Will There Be A Government Shutdown? Assessing the 2023 Q4 Economy

The end of September will bring with it a big decision: whether there will be a government shutdown. Usually at this time of year, analysts start projecting their outlook for Q4, as well as the year ahead, but with the possibility of a government shutdown, the predictions become even more uncertain.

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Will The Fed Raise Interest Rates?

Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan, believes there is the possibility that the Fed will raise interest rates up to 7%, going against its recent decision to maintain interest rates between 5.25% and 5.50%.

Despite the Federal Reserve’s current stance on interest rates, Dimon suggests that the current economic optimism is only temporary, and is induced by monetary and fiscal stimulus. He believes it’s possible that interest rates might need to reach as high as 7%, to safeguard the US economy from potential risks. This scenario would admittedly be a worst case scenario of stagflation, but a possibility nonetheless.

Beyond Dimon’s warning, other analysts, including some at Russell Investments, are projecting the possibility of a mild recession in the US in 2024.

Complicating the economic outlook is the impending threat of a federal budget government shutdown on September 30, 2023. It’s not necessarily certain that a government shutdown will definitely happen, but there’s a likelihood, and unless policymakers in Washington, D.C. can come to an agreement, a government shutdown might heavily weigh in on any Q4 outcomes.

In summary:

  • The end of September brings uncertainty about a potential government shutdown, impacting Q4 economic predictions.
  • JPMorgan’s CEO, Jamie Dimon, suggests the possibility the Fed may have to raise interest rates to 7%, contrary to the current range of 5.25% to 5.50%.
  • Analysts at Russell Investments project the possibility of a mild US recession in 2024.
  • Policymakers’ agreement in Washington, D.C., is crucial to avoid a government shutdown, impacting Q4 outcomes.

It should be remembered that while economic analysts can provide deep insights into fiscal trends, they cannot predict with absolute accuracy what the future will hold. Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to have a prudent financial plan and approach the future with cautious optimism.

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Jeff Sekinger

Founder & CEO, Nurp LLC

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