So how is all this affecting one of the key cornerstones of investing – company performance? Well, despite some challenges over the past six months, companies are actually faring better than expected.
Coming into 2023, company earnings were expected to drop significantly. But in the first three months of the year, they beat these – admittedly low – expectations. Earnings growth was expected to fall by 8%, but at the time of writing it had only fallen 3%.
While this may seem like relatively good news, it does follow a 2% decline in Q4 2022. Also, analyst forecasts predict a 6% drop in Q2 this year, before flattening in Q3 and then finally rebounding to be up 7% in Q4.
This is a peak to trough of -3% between Q3 2022 and Q3 2023, which is by no means disastrous when compared to previous contractions in the past 50 years. Following the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, for example, US earnings contracted by roughly 50%.