Why is it in the news?
- Recently, the U.S. Treasury Secretary believes that the U.S. economy is on track for a “soft-landing” scenario despite various near-term risks.
- These risks include a United Auto Workers (UAW) strike, a potential government shutdown, the resumption of student loan payments, and spillovers from China’s economic challenges.
- According to U.S. Treasury Secretary, there is evidence that the U.S. economy is making substantial progress in reducing inflation while maintaining a strong labour market and healthy consumer spending.
Ø The US’ Federal Reserve does this to contain soaring inflation.
· When a central bank is successful in slowing down the economy without bringing about a recession, it is called a soft-landing — that is, no one gets hurt.
Ø But, when the actions of the central bank bring about a recession, it is called a hard-landing.