Longest Expansion in History? Excuse Me, Not So Fast


Hooray! Numerous headlines on Monday proclaimed the US is set for the longest expansion in history. How do they know?

Record Tie?

Another Record?

121 Months?

Longest Ever?

First Decade With No Recession?


I could go on. There are lots more where those came from.

The NBER is the official arbiter of recessions. It is possible one has already started.

Is so, we may not know for a full year. There are plenty of signs.

Hold Your Horses

  1. The last recession started in December of 2007.
  2. At the time, there were zero quarters of negative growth.
  3. The NBER did not set the recession date for a full year.

It may be likely (or not), but it is by no means certain we just set a record expansion. Some of those Tweeters ought to know better.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (23)
No. 1-8

With the entire world economy mired in an ever deepening inflationary depression, how could anyone tell if a recession has started?


The present expansion is very weak in all ways outside of duration. It's pathetic compared to past expansions,


The only expansion is massive currency creation and govt,longest money printing driven "expansion",subtract the $150 plus trillion central banks have printed over the decade to buy /prop up everything (literally)and buy time.And they're just warmin up,QE4/NIRP drops this summer and it's gonna be epic!!!!


Annual $1.2T deficits are enough to create a semi-convincing Potemkin village, which is essentially what our economy has become. Ignore the stock buybacks, household debt, crooked BLS stats, and more to maintain the illusion.

Also, as everyone else mentions, if things are so great why is everyone screaming for rate cuts? A mere 2.25% is more than we can handle?

Ted R
Ted R

It really depends on how you calculate the 'real' rate of inflation. By my calculations inflation is at least 10% annually so make a few fast adjustments and you have a negative growth(GNP) rate. The economy is really contracting. I have said it on this blog many times and I will say it once more. DEFLATION. The economy is in a deflation cycle and it will be for years to come. Look at commodity prices for your answer about the economy.