If it quacks like a recession...

46% of Americans agree: Never mind what the economists say, we're in a recession:

Nearly half of Americans feel the U.S. economy is in a recession, marked by a significant decline in economic activity, according to a survey released Thursday.

The poll by the CNN-Opinion Research Corporation found that while 46 percent of Americans hold that belief, 51 percent don't.

Black citizens were more pessimistic than whites, findings show.

Sixty-nine percent of black Americans feel the United States is in a recession, while only 42 percent of white Americans feel the same way.

CNN's article then helpfully reminds us what the pointy-heads consider to be a recession:

The National Bureau of Economic Research defines a recession as "a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real GDP [Gross Domestic Product], real income, employment, industrial production and wholesale-retail sales"…

According to the bureau, "a recession begins just after the economy reaches a peak of activity, and ends as the economy reaches its trough. Between trough and peak, the economy is in an expansion. Expansion is the normal state of the economy; most recessions are brief and they have been rare in recent decades."

The people who think we're in a recession might be in the minority… but their perceptions are more accurate.  As The Survival Report's Mish Shedlock wrote back around Memorial Day:

If one believes as I do, that the first 2% of GDP is hedonics, imputations and other fictional activity (e.g. the estimated value of things like free checking accounts – yes I am serious – added into the GDP numbers), then we are already in a recession starting now.

Mish's recession warning lights continue to flash nearly five months later.  For his latest insights, and the best ways to protect your hard-earned assets in the present environment, check out his latest report.

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