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Episode #20 - 2023 Wrap-Up

AppliedMMT Team

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In this episode of the AppliedMMT Podcast, Adam, Doug, and Ryan wrap up 2023, discussing their learnings, surprises, and expectations for 2024:

  • The strong GDP growth and low unemployment in 2023, noting how rate hikes seemed to stimulate the economy, contrary to popular belief.
  • Higher government spending and lower inflation in 2023 
  • The importance of understanding fiscal policy's impact on the macroeconomy while other factors like bank credit and money supply are secondary.
  • The relationship between fiscal spending, bank credit, and economic trends, noting the trend of fiscal dominance in 2023.
  • Surprise at the rapid fall in inflation and the decline in oil prices, which wasn't anticipated.
  • How bank credit and loans behaved in 2023, with a focus on the difference between bank credit contraction and expansion in loans and leases.
  • Potential risks and outcomes if the Fed decides to cut rates in 2024
  • Predictions for 2024