What is recession and what are the precautions to be taken during recession?

What is recession and what are the precautions to be taken during recessionWhat is recession and what are the precautions to be taken during recession?

Recession – probably one of the most common negative words in this financial environment. We all have somewhere or the other heard this word now let us clearly understand its meaning, implications etc. This article is written to create an awareness about individuals about recession and how it would effect a country and finally to an individual or an investor.

What is recession?

Recession refers to a significant slowdown in economic activities. It generally occurs when there is a widespread drop in spending. The various outcomes of recession are:

  • Increase in unemployment rates.
  • Decrease in productivity.
  • Decrease in standard of living
  • Economic stagnation
  • Decline in GDP
  • And so on.

What are the different types of recession?

1) Boom and bust recession: Such recessions occur after a previous economic boom, i.e. a sudden decline in economic activities after a boom period.

2) Balance Sheet recession: Such recessions occur when the firms and banks see a huge decline in their position statements i.e. balance sheets. Sales decline, overheads increase and thereby the profits decline.

3) Supply stock recession: Rapid rise in supply, due to increased prices and unpredicted decline in living standards.

4) Demand side stock recession: unexpected event causing sharp fall in aggregate demand.

5) Depression: It is a deep and long recession, where the output falls over 10% and high rates of unemployment prevail.

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What are the various shapes of recession?

Recession is a temporary situation. It comes and goes. But its timing and situations when plotted on a graph, can lead to various shapes…like L, V, W etc.…

L SHAPED RECESSION refers to a period of stagnant recovery.

V SHAPED RECESSION refers to a quick recovery after recession.

W SHAPED RECESSION refers to situation where the economy goes into recession all over again after recovering from the past. It is also referred to as double dip recession. Let us study this in detail.

W shaped recession is a worst-case scenario. The economy dips into a recession and quickly recovers only to dip into another recession is called double dip recession (DDR). If the various factors like GDP, unemployment and retail sales are plot into a graph and the resultant graph is in shape of ‘W’, it is a DDR.

In a DDR the second dip usually indicates that the economy has not fully recovered from the first dip and is still under correction mode.

What are the stages of Double Dip Recession (DDR)?

1) Primary recession: characterizing huge drop, house price drops, banks get into trouble and industries get into trouble.

2) Rebound: Massive government intervention, recovery period, money is pumped into the market with an attempt to kick-start the economy. As it is artificial and has a short-term effect, the new money cannot pump in for long leading to its third stage i.e. another dip.

3) Double dip: comes in with bankruptcies and weak industries closing down.

4) Recovery: which is slow as the economy by now becomes very weak.

Which countries affected by double dip recession?

United States of America: The first dip was from 1937 to 1938 then the economy improved in 1953 due to government intervention and then declined again n 1981-82. The period of decline were characterized by major unemployment, retail sector sales declining majorly and GDP going down drastically.

United Kingdom: There is a mixed opinion on whether UK faced or escaped the double dip recession. However the outcomes were similar to the double dip recession so the economists are yet to prove that the recession in 2012 did or did not hit the UK economy twice.

What about India?

Even though there are people who deny the possibility of a double-dip recession, there are yet some believe that a double-dip recession may hit India, as it is a developing country with a not so strong economy. If a DDR hits the Indian economy the employment and demand would be majorly impacted. However a DDR may benefit India’s economy as well. One of the factors that will benefit India is the lowering of commodity prices like oil and metals. If the global markets continue to sink due to the US debt crisis and the European debt worries, huge spending cuts and slowdown in economies will become the need of the hour. This may bring down oil prices, thereby softening the impact of higher inflation. Should global growth weaken further, India will be impacted.”

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What are the precautions to be taken during recession?

1) Secure your employment: Make sure that your employment agreement does not give the employer the authority to expel you from the job during tough times.

2) Homeowners: Make sure that you have enough fund generating incomes (like fixed income generating funds) to pay your home loans and other bank dues.

3) Health issues: Recession comes with a lot of stress; secure yourself against these stresses by making savings now. Even if there is a normal slack theses savings would insure you against bad times.

4) Investors: Investors should be careful not to overinvest during recession. Investments would seem lucrative, but if there is a double dip recession, losses can be very high, as the market would become very weak. However if investors are patient and satisfied they can earn well by booking small profits by selling at the right time instead of waiting long for huge profits.

Conclusion: So recession is a boon or a curse…it all depends on you.

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What is recession and what are the precautions to be taken during recession


  1. Hi Suresh 

    Good article. One quick question. What is the current state in India and across the globe.? Can we say India is in recession? As I don't see jobs market down, rupee is down, growth is slow down, inflation is high, cost price of all things have gone up, corruption is at its peak, ministries at  are at their lowest levels… the list goes on…

    So are we in a recession now?

    1. Balaji, Recession comes with slowdown in economy. The things what we are seeing in India is only political in nature. Every one knows that rupee would fall 1 year before elections. I would not agree about jobs market down, I could see several opps in Gurgoan, Bangalore and Chennai. Thanks for the feedback. 

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