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Huge Difference Between GDPNow and Nowcast Models

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The Atlanta Fed GDPNow and the New York Fed Nowcast GDP models once again are wildly different. Wide Discrepancy In the past week, the GDPNow model forecast rose to 2.0% from 1.5%. In the past week, the Nowcast model forecast fell to 0.6% from 0.8%. Not only were the starting points very different, the models responded in opposite fashion to the same economic news. GDPNow rose 0.5 percentage points while the Nowcast fell 0.2 Percentage points, a net difference of 0.7 percentage points. How? The models do not react to the news itself, but rather to what happened vs what the model expected to happen. The economic news was disappointing to Nowcast expectations, but hugely positive to the GDPNow expectation. Blue Chip Forecast Via GDPNow The range of the Blue Chip professional forecasts is

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The Atlanta Fed GDPNow and the New York Fed Nowcast GDP models once again are wildly different.

Wide Discrepancy

  • In the past week, the GDPNow model forecast rose to 2.0% from 1.5%.
  • In the past week, the Nowcast model forecast fell to 0.6% from 0.8%.

Not only were the starting points very different, the models responded in opposite fashion to the same economic news.

GDPNow rose 0.5 percentage points while the Nowcast fell 0.2 Percentage points, a net difference of 0.7 percentage points.

How?

The models do not react to the news itself, but rather to what happened vs what the model expected to happen.

The economic news was disappointing to Nowcast expectations, but hugely positive to the GDPNow expectation.

Blue Chip Forecast Via GDPNow

The range of the Blue Chip professional forecasts is 1.0% to +2.0%.

GDNow is at the very top end of Blue Chip whereas Nowcast, at 0.6% is 0.4 percentage points lower than the lowest Blue Chip estimate (but that Blue Chip estimate is a bit stale).

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