Fed GDP tracker shows the economy could be on the brink of a recession


Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during the House Financial Services Committee hearing titled Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy, in Rayburn Building on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

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A widely followed Federal Reserve gauge is indicating that the U.S. economy could be headed for a second consecutive quarter of negative growth, meeting a rule-of-thumb definition for a recession.

In an update posted Tuesday, the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow tracker is now pointing to an annualized gain of just 0.9% for the second quarter.

Following a 1.5% drop in the first three months of the year, the indicator is showing the economy doesn’t have…


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