On a day when a stubbornly high inflation rate threw cold water on everyone’s hope for a soft landing for the US economy, former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers assured CRE executives that “if the car’s going faster, we need a stronger brake, but that doesn’t mean we’ll hit the wall before the car stops.”

In a wide-ranging online discussion hosted by Marcus & Millichap CEO Hessam Nadji on Tuesday, Summers predicted that continued rate increases by the Fed soon will create a “recession of choice” that will bring the unprecedented job growth of the past year to a halt.

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