Hedge fund wizard Michael Burry, CEO of Scion Asset Management, has warned that a recession is already underway in the United States and that another spike in inflation is likely in the near future. Burry, who rose to national prominence after being featured in the 2015 film “The Big Short,” has repeatedly cautioned about lingering economic trouble over the last year as inflation soared and markets tanked.
In his latest warning, Burry suggested that inflation, which has cooled in recent months, will surge again whenever the Federal Reserve decides to cut its benchmark interest rate. The next meeting is slated for January 31.
“Inflation peaked. But it is not the last peak of this cycle,” Burry tweeted on January 2. “We are likely to see CPI lower, possibly negative in 2H 2023, and the US in recession by any definition.”
Burry adds that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates and the government will stimulate the economy, leading to another inflation spike. This prediction is consistent with Burry’s previous warnings of economic trouble.
It is important to note that Burry’s predictions are just one perspective and should be taken with a grain of salt. The Federal Reserve and government officials have not yet indicated that they believe a recession is underway or that inflation will surge again in the near future.
Michael Burry, CEO of Scion Asset Management, isn’t alone in his prediction of an impending economic downturn. Former New York Fed President, William Dudley, also expressed concerns on the likelihood of a US recession, although he believes that the Fed will have the ability to prevent a severe slump. Dudley stated that the difference this time is that if a recession were to occur, it would be caused by the Fed’s actions and the Fed would have the ability to end it by loosening monetary policy. This aligns with Burry’s previous statement in November, where he argued that the US economy is doomed to a “multi-year recession” as the Fed lacks options to avoid it. The growing consensus among financial experts highlights the need to closely monitor the economy and the actions of the Federal Reserve.