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Webinar: Mid-year economic trends to watch

July 24, 2023

According to a new Agency Forward survey, consumer sentiment on the economy and their personal finances has deteriorated since September, with only 16% of consumers positively rating the overall U.S. economic condition, an 8-point decrease from last year. Hear from Nationwide economist Ben Ayers on the outlook for the remainder of 2023 and learn about resources to use with clients.

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Key takeaways

  • Economy is still trending towards a recession but it will likely be delayed until Q4 2023. Expect this recession to be relatively mild, counter to beliefs of a deeper recession by respondents to the survey.
  • Inflation continues to slow but elevated services costs should keep it higher into 2024. Reference to continued concerns expressed by survey respondents to cost pressures, both personally and across the industry.
  • Fed likely to keep interest rates restrictive into 2024 to ensure that inflation is under control – which could delay a recovery from a recession, especially for housing and autos. This runs counter to a survey results which show that many want the Fed to ease sooner.

Resources to use with clients


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