Moments ago, the San Fran Fed, best known for spending taxpayer money to conduct such indepth analyses on topics including whether water is wet, and whether the Fed creates bubbles, has just released its most recent ‘FedViews’ economic outlook in which we read that “we expect growth to steadily accelerate in 2013 as the economy bounces back from harsh weather conditions and as the underlying expansion of consumer spending reemerges. We expect growth to register 1.7% in 2012 and 2.6% in 2013.”
This would be great if only a two minute Google search did not expose some of the San Fran Fed’s previous attempts at forecasting the future, such as this one from October 14, 2010, in which the crack experts said that “we currently project that real GDP will expand around 2½% in 2010, below its potential of about 3% annually. We expect the recovery to gain momentum over the course of next year and that real GDP growth for 2011 will reach about 3½%.” Final 2011 GDP growth: 2.4%….
…. or this one from June 9, 2011, in which we learned that “growth should rebound in the third quarter. We expect GDP to expand at an annualized 3½% rate in the second half of the year and to continue to strengthen throughout 2012.” Final 2012 GDP growth: 1.8%. Or just 50% off. Applying the same undershoot error rate to the Fed’s 2013 forecast means that real economic growth next year will be at best 1.3%. And that’s with a fresh $1 trillion in monetary injections from the Fed.
Bookmark that estimate.
And these are the people whose forecasts determine how many trillions of liquidity are injected into the economy? Not only that, but it is none other than Janet Yellen, formerly head of the very same San Francisco Fed, who is expected to replace Bernanke when his term runs out in early 2014. With central-planning forecasters like these, who needs capital markets?