US Economic Update – December 2020

Signs of slowing, but vaccine a positive

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Key highlights:

  • The surge in COVID-19 cases and the ongoing ramping up of containment measures in response is causing a slowdown in growth, with the risk of a contraction in quarterly GDP.
  • At the same time, regulatory approval for vaccinations to commence has improved the medium-term outlook.
  • The Fed will likely move to ‘qualitative outcome-based guidance’ for its asset purchases at this month’s meeting, with a chance that it also focusses its purchases more on longer dated Treasury securities.

Find out more in NAB’s US Economic Update – December 2020