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The head of ECRI,  Lakshman Achuthan, stated that he believes that the United States is already in recession.

Talking on Bloomberg,  Achuthan restated that we will probably know that only at the end of the year. He mentions that the figures for the beginning of 2008 were significantly revised to the downside. Does Bernanke have the same view of the US economy?

Achuthan forecast a recession coming in Q1 or Q2. Mike Shedlock estimated that the recession probably began in June 2012.

Achuthan says:

  • The velocity of money is plunging
  • The stock market doesn’t reflect the economy
  • Signs are pointing to a downturn

Recent GDP figures have shown that the US economy continued growing at a slow pace in Q1 and Q2. According to ISM’s PMIs, the services sector is still enjoying growth while manufacturing is experiencing a slow contraction.

Does the Fed also think that the US is already in recession? Acting today and announcing QE3 when yields are low could show that the Fed sees a much darker picture than everybody else sees.

However, QE3 is far from certain.