Former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Warns Recession is ‘Almost Inevitable’

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Appearing Monday on CNBC, Roger Ferguson, former Federal Reserve vice chairman, warned that a recession is “almost inevitable.”

A transcript is as follows:

REBECCA QUICK: The Fed doesn’t have the tools to increase supply. It can only tamp down demand. Maybe in this case it will take a lot more than tamping down to really slow this problem of inflation. They may have to do some serious damage to the demand side of things in order to make any difference.

ROGER FERGUSON: I think a recession, at this stage, is almost inevitable because they don’t control supply. We’ve seen how volatile supply can be with the shutdown in China. We also see uncertainty about oil prices going up and down. As I said earlier, it’s a witch’s brew. The probability of a recession in 2023 is certainly very very high.


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