Does Misery Love Company?

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Here’s an interesting little experiment. I pulled up SlopeCharts and entered the symbol $MISERY (yeah, my kinda symbol), which shows the “misery index” of inflation and unemployment. I drew two lines, one at 10 and one at 4. Over the span of this chart, MISERY went above 10 twice and below 4 three times (the most recent of which was, oh, right about now).

slopechart MISERY

I think used the SlopeCharts Economic Database to search for recession information, and I discovered the catchy symbol FR:RECPROUSM156N, which shows recession probabilities. I have marked the two ‘above 10 on MISERY’ points in magenta below and have marked the three ‘below 4 on MISERY” points in green. Food for thought.