by Chris Becker
The vampire squids are out this weekend at Goldman Sachs with a revised forecast on US economic growth, both for the year (down -4.6% instead of -4.2%) and the rebounding Q3 quarter (up 25% vs 33%) in response to the growing breakout of COVID-19 (aka TrumpFlu aka WTFUSA). In summary, they see a continued rebound this quarter going into the US fall (where the actual flu season will ramp up) and the presidential election in November, but at a reduced rate compared to their last note, and a very optimistic view of a return to normalcy thereafter (nearly 6% annual GDP growth in 2021 and lowered unemployment to only 9%).
The problem is that predictions are very difficult, especially about the future, and indeed the future trend of the pandemic in the US, with new cases going exponential for the last few weeks in the south and mid-West, now surpassing 50,000 cases per day and on the way to 100K per day according to Dr Fauci. Alarmingly, the positivity of these cases are getting very high even as testing increases, meaning there is a staggering amount of community transmission out there not being included in the numbers:
With several US States now backtracking on their negligent too early opening up, its obvious that economic activity will contract further again, and even more as the backtracking turns into panic mode as they go full “Italian” into the fall flu season, with most hospitals already near capacity throughout the South and Mid-West. More lockdowns loom: