Market Insights

The Dark Side of America’s New Economic Growth Reports

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an image showing how reality may not correspond with the official economic data

and why it may mean a bright future for gold owners

Well, it looks like Fed Chair Jerome Powell can breathe a small sigh of relief… for a moment. 

Because official new reports show Powell’s inflation-reduction attempts now appear to be “working.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics says inflation is down to 6.5% from its peak in June. And the US Bureau of Economic Analysis reports the economy has grown by 3.2% after two consecutive quarters of 1.6% and 0.6% decline.

These numbers look promising at face value. And we’d all like to see prices of goods and services fall back to earth.  

But when you look a little closer, a very different picture of the US economy emerges 

Because the truth is, despite the encouraging reports, America’s biggest companies aren’t expanding their workforces as you might expect in a “growing economy”… 

Instead, nearly every industry is firing employees.  

In droves. 

For example, look at the tech industry: 

  • Cisco is firing 4,100 employees.  
  • Salesforce is terminating 8,000 of its 80,000 global workers.  
  • Twitter cut about 5,000 employees since Elon Musk took over — over half the company’s workforce.  
  • Zuckerberg’s Meta is sacking over 11,000 people back to the unemployment line.  
  • Amazon is canning a whopping 18,000 workers in the biggest firing spree in the company’s history. 

In total, tech companies fired 10 times more workers in 2022 than in 2021. 

And THAT is only the tip of the economic iceberg… 

According to NBC News, the list of companies making aggressive cuts in other industries includes corporate giants “Intel, HP, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Phillips 66 and the Walt Disney Co.” 

And what about America’s financial front line? 

Goldman Sachs says it will lay off 3,200 workers in 2023 due to “concerns that the economy will slow further this year.” Citigroup is eliminating dozens of jobs. So are Morgan Stanley, ING, and Deutsche Bank.  

This is on top of the 24,437 finance layoffs in 2022 — which was already a 127% increase from 2021. 

Does this sound like a growing economy to you?  

If the economy is looking up, then…  

Why are America’s biggest job creators paring down? 

Simple. They believe a punishing recession is either about to sweep the nation or already here. Labor costs are soaring. And cutting employee costs now is one way the companies can prepare for a downturn that may last for some time. 

But wait, there’s more. 

As you may know, one of the biggest indicators of a troubled economy is the stock market. 

In fact, the US stock market has typically dropped during recessions. 

For example, during the recession of 1990–1991, the S&P 500 dropped around 8%.  

In the recession of 2001, the S&P 500 fell by about 11%.  

And during the Great Recession of 2008–2009, the S&P 500 fell by an alarming 50%.  

A chart showing how the S and P 500 stock market index dropped during the past four US recessions.

True to form, the stock market’s performance was dismal in 2022. In fact, Forbes Advisor says the S&P 500 closed out 2022 with “the worst calendar year performance since 2008.” 

A chart showing the S and P 500 index performance in 2022 and how it dropped 19 percent.

Now, the good news 

During every significant economic downturn like this in US history… 

While industries crumbled, investments fell off a cliff, and folks saw savings go up in smoke… 

Gold did what it typically does: 

It rebounded, skyrocketed, and made some folks richer.  

A chart showing the performance of the S and P 500 stock market index versus gold during US recessions and crises since 1990

And if expert forecasts are correct, we may see gold soar to record heights in 2023. 

  • Bank of America says the price of gold could exceed $2,000 per ounce.
  • Standard Chartered sets a higher target of $2,250.   
  • And Swiss Asia Capital analysts believe gold may jump to at least $2,500 and could even thrust to $4,000.

This is why thousands of Americans believe owning gold is a smart move right now  

And one of the best ways to protect your purchasing power is a Gold IRA. 

Because if the actions of America’s biggest companies foresee a recession, we may be long way from a soft landing. 

So, for all those unfortunate folks caught in the corporate firing line, 2023 will be a year of hard change.  

And the future remains uncertain for those who aren’t prepared for an economic downturn. But for some well-prepared Gold IRA owners, 2023 may present a historic growth opportunity. 

Don’t let a punishing recession shrink your savings!

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