Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey November 2015 – Notable Aspects

The November Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey was published on November 12, 2015.  The headline is “Economists Overwhelmingly Expect Fed To Raise Interest Rates in December.”

I found numerous items to be notable – although I don’t necessarily agree with them – both within the article and in the “Economist Q&A” section.

An excerpt:

The Fed has held its benchmark federal-funds rate near zero since December 2008 to bolster the U.S. economy through a financial crisis, deep recession and slow recovery. Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen and other top officials have long said they expected to begin raising rates sometime in 2015 and just a few months ago, a September rate increase seemed likely. But doubts mounted amid a rise in the dollar’s value and turbulence in financial markets and the Fed decided in mid-September to delay raising rates, though several officials described it as a close call.

As seen in the “Recession Probability” section, the average response as to the odds of another recession starting within the next 12 months was 13.56%; the average response in October’s survey was 15.34%.

The current average forecasts among economists polled include the following:


full-year 2015:  2.2%

full-year 2016:  2.6%

full-year 2017:  2.5%

Unemployment Rate:

December 2015: 5.0%

December 2016: 4.7%

December 2017: 4.6%

10-Year Treasury Yield:

December 2015: 2.38%

December 2016: 2.91%

December 2017: 3.50%


Please Note – The above is excerpted from the EconomicGreenfield.com (published by StratX, LLC) post of November 12, 2015, titled “The November 2015 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey


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