If you're unsure if the U.S. economy is in a recession, you're not alone.
Gross domestic product has declined in back-to-back quarters this year, which is a common signal to market watchers of a recession. But even top experts are debating whether that fact in the current economy amounts to the "R" word this time.
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Meanwhile, many of those financial experts who say we're not in a recession now, contend that one is on the way.
Why is it all so confusing?
Watch this video, as CNBC's Emily Lorsch breaks it all down.