BlackRock bond chief Rieder says U.S. economy in ‘a lot better form’ than doomsayers say
Rick Rieder, BlackRock’s Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income, speaks throughout a Reuters funding summit in New York, November 7, 2019.
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NEW YORK – When the bond chief of the world’s greatest asset manager seems to be on the U.S. proper now, he sees rather a lot to love.
A mix of resilient authorities, company and client spending, enhancing homebuilder information, $1.5 trillion in extra financial savings and low unemployment inform BlackRock’s Rick Rieder that the American economy is faring better than many anticipated.
“I feel the U.S. economy’s in a lot better form than individuals give credit score” for, Rieder stated Tuesday at an event at BlackRock’s New York headquarters.
“There’s this thesis that you’ll have a dramatic slowdown,” he stated. “When you break down the numbers, it is simply not obvious.”
Talk of an impending recession has been constructing because the impression of the Federal Reserve’s rate of interest will increase ripple by way of the economy. The collapse of three midsized banks this yr have stoked issues that lenders will rein in entry to credit score, additional slowing down the economy. Still, employment figures have confounded expectations, most recently for April, when nonfarm payrolls jumped by 253,000.
“When individuals discuss, ‘We’re going to a recession or a deep recession,’ it is fairly uncommon [or] nearly unattainable when you will have an unemployment fee of three.4%,” Rieder stated.
Lots of money sidelined
Rieder, a three-decade veteran of the markets who oversees $2.4 trillion in belongings, stated he expects the Fed to pause fee will increase at its subsequent assembly. While the central financial institution may elevate charges as soon as extra after that, he stated that its rate-hiking marketing campaign is essentially executed.
That expectation, mixed with slowing inflation, offers traders an excellent backdrop, even when he does count on the economy to sluggish later this yr, Rieder stated.
The greatest menace to Rieder’s thesis is a possible U.S. default on its sovereign debt, which may usher in panic and be “probably catastrophic” for the economy, in keeping with consultants together with JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said that the U.S. may lose the power to pay its payments as quickly as June 1.
Rieder places a “very excessive chance” of the Biden administration placing a take care of Republican lawmakers, he stated.
“I’ve by no means seen a lot cash sitting in money, and a variety of it” ready for a debt ceiling resolution earlier than being deployed, he stated.