The US economy is setting itself up for a recession and it might come sooner than most expect. This is the prediction of George Maris, the co-head of equities for Janus Henderson. Janus is an assessment management firm that currently has $370 billion in assets under its management.\u00a0 Speaking on Bloomberg Markets, Maris made his stark prediction, stating, \u201cIt\u2019s clear a near-term risk. If we can\u2019t get trade negotiation results favorably, we\u2019ve got weakening investment to look forward to. I mean there\u2019s going to be a problem.\u201d He adds that a recession remains a near-term risk. Part of the issue stems from currently geopolitical risks, as well as certain domestic policies, he explains. Other uncertainties regarding the U.S. stock market contribute to the belief that long-term stability in the economy is quickly becoming untenable.\u00a0 As an example, many major indexes in the U.S. stock markets have lost a lot of the gains they saw in January. Among these are the NASDAQ Composite and Dow Jones, which have backed down somewhat from their early-year positive runs. Maris added, \u201cGiven the political issues in the United States, there seems to be very little appetite to anything done, so it will be hard to get fiscal expansions, whether it is infrastructure-based or otherwise; tax cuts, etc. to happen is going to be unlikely.\u201d He further explained, \u201cSo with that kind of uncertainty happening over the economy, you know recession risks are going to elevate.\u201d Maris explains that the central bank has lost a lot of the options it once had at its disposal to prevent a recession. This lack of control is ultimately going to ensure that a recession comes.\u00a0 A positive outcome of the current trade war between the U.S. and China, if it comes soon, could stave off a recession. He states, \u201cIf you get trade resolved, then you can start to see those risks diminish.\u201d However, time is running out and there are still a lot of trade issues to be resolved. The world be watching and waiting for March 1 \u2013 the day the trade deal is supposed to be completed.