A recession occurs when there is a sustained decline in economic activities. Recession may last for short periods of time, but the recovery phase is much longer. Like for any major economic event, there are specific prerequisites for a recession to take place. We will discuss what a recession prerequisite is and if we are going to face one in 2023 below.
What is a recession?
There are some economic factors and financial terms every human should know. To manage future financial plans successfully and survive even recessions, learning more about finance becomes very important. A recession is a constant decline in economic activity and a widespread drop in spending. Recession is caused by asset bubble bursts like in 2008, high-interest rates, and consumer confidence decline. Generally, any events that can slow the economy down can contribute to recession. Recessions are difficult to deal with and more importantly hard to live through. Current Russian aggression against Ukraine, high inflation rates in the USA, and Fed’s policies to increase interest rates could possibly cause full-blown inflation in 2023. We will discuss the likelihood of a recession in 2023 in more detail.
How to predict a recession?
There are no clearly defined rules unfortunately to this day to predict when exactly a recession is going to happen. But we can list the most important and constant factors that accompany a recession and more importantly happen before every recession. Since the 2008 crisis was caused by a housing market bubble and 2021 by a covid pandemic, we can include these two as possible reasons that can cause a recession. Pair this with increased interest rates in the USA, and the world’s reserve currency is going to get stronger and make it difficult for other countries to keep up. Many countries, especially fragile developing economies, are going to face a difficult year in 2023, especially if they continue to print money uncontrollably. This can lead to many countries and big companies going bust. The mass bankruptcy wave has already started in the USA following FTX and Carvana blowing up with billions lost. The decline in GDP is also another signal for a recession, but we can consider it as a symptom of an already-going recession rather than just an indicator for prediction.
Will 2023 be the year of recession?
From what we have discussed above, there are strong indications that recession is likely for 2023, at least for the first half. This is going to affect billions across the world, and traders and especially investors have to think twice before making any financial decisions. For ordinary people, it is very important to learn some basics of finances and plan accordingly. It is important to invest in safe havens, meaning in assets that are going to preserve value, at least like gold and other commodities. Bitcoin is predicted to fall to 10k, and it is a good idea to look at its prices very carefully, too. Many researchers believe that the world is heading toward a recession in 2023.
A recession is a consistent decline in economic activity and consumer spending. It is tricky to predict a recession before it happens, although there are definitive contributing factors like interest rate hikes, GDP growth decline, and economic crisis. All the ongoing trends in the world indicate there is a very high possibility that the world economy will face a recession in 2023. Since, the Fed doesn’t seem to stop increasing interest rates, the first half of 2023 doesn’t seem bright. The main method for ordinary people to fight recession is to get basic financial education and preserve their capital through various careful measures like safe haven investing.