CUNA released Monday the August 2019 edition of its Economic Update, sponsored by the CUNA Finance Council. Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer and Chief Economist Mike Schenk discusses the increasing concern over the possibility that the economy is headed into recession.
Schenk looks beyond the, now inverted, yield curve for significant signs of weakness that might signal a turning point.
“Uncertainty and volatility have increased dramatically over the past several weeks – mostly due to increasing concern about tariffs and the risk of full-blown trade war,” Schenk said. “As a result, many bond investors migrated to Treasuries – the safest investments on the planet. The resulting big increase in demand pushed Treasury prices higher.”
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“Consumers are likely to be more cautious in the current environment but there isn’t a lot of compelling evidence that they’ll be retrenching, Schenk adds. “Against this backdrop, it seems reasonable to expect credit unions will continue to see decent, though slower, loan growth, high asset quality and healthy bottom-line results over the next 12 to 18 months.”
The August 2019 CUNA Economic update is complimentarily available to all CUNA members. To watch the video and other past updates, visit cuna.org/economicupdate.