NGDP Forecast Update: First Q3 Print

During the first month of every quarter we are flying, even if not quite blind, not as well informed as we might like.  This is because we don’t get official statistics on the previous quarter’s GDP until a month in. As a result, we have to use an estimated GDP number, which means we usually have a bit of a ‘correction’ when the first estimate comes in. For 2017Q3, the first GDP estimate was released on Friday, October 27. The new GDP number has US final nominal spending at a yearly pace of 19.495 trillion USD, which is up an…

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