Atlanta Fed Halves GDP Forecast to 0.6%; Blue Chip Consensus Eight Miles High
It's amusing watching all the GDP forecast downgrades in the wake of a huge string of bad economic data reports, one after another.
Following the retail sales report on March 12, the Atlanta Fed GDPNow forceast fell from 1.2 percent to 0.6 percent.
"The GDPNow model forecast for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the first quarter of 2015 was 0.6 percent on March 12, down from 1.2 percent on March 6."
The Fed forgot to update their picture. It still looks like this.
Blue Chip Consensus Eight Miles High
I am wondering what the "Blue Chip" forecasters are smoking. By any chance are they getting high off the glue in the string of recent jobs report?
To be fair, the "Blue Chip" forecast is as February 24, but by then the Fed Model had already been heading south.
Regardless, we are now at 0.6 percent and falling fast in the Fed model. The latest "Blue Chip" forecast is seemingly Eight Miles High.
This calls for a musical tribute.
Of course, there is one rational explanation for these estimates to be so wildly different: Weather Unexpectedly Much Worse Than Economists Previously Thought.