Recession-Proof Stocks: Best Stocks to Buy During a Recession

The U.S. might not be in a recession at the moment, but expectations are high that one could hit in 2023. These are the best recession-proof stocks for investors to consider.

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Many of Wall Street's top minds expect the U.S. to enter a recession at some point in 2023. For investors, this means seeking out the best recession-proof stocks to help protect their portfolios during a time of economic uncertainty.

But what is a recession? The traditional definition is two consecutive quarters of negative growth. Based on that, the U.S. is not currently in a recession, with fourth-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) data showing the economy grew at a 2.9% annualized rate in the final three months of 2022. This followed growth of 3.2% in Q3. 


Data as of Feb. 1. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent payout and dividing by the share price. Analyst ratings courtesy of S&P Global Market Intelligence, unless otherwise noted. Stocks are listed by analysts' consensus recommendation, from lowest to highest.

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Will Ashworth
Contributing Writer,

Will has written professionally for investment and finance publications in both the U.S. and Canada since 2004. A native of Toronto, Canada, his sole objective is to help people become better and more informed investors. Fascinated by how companies make money, he's a keen student of business history. Married and now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he's also got an interest in equity and debt crowdfunding.