RSM Launches First-of-its-kind Middle Market Economic Index
Index Implies Real Economy Strengthening; Fills Middle Market Research Gap
RSM US LLP (RSM) – the nation's leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services to the middle market – today released the first RSM US Middle Market Business Index (MMBI). Developed in partnership with Moody’s Analytics, the MMBI is designed to accurately reflect business conditions in the U.S. middle market, while providing a statistically significant measure of the health and outlook for these businesses. Going forward, the MMBI will serve as a leading indicator for the middle market (the real economy), a vital segment of the U.S. economy that represents more than 200,000 firms, 40 million jobs and one-third of private sector gross receipts.
“Until now, there has been no comprehensive index for the middle market, which is astounding, given the critical role it plays in producing the goods and services that fuel the U.S. economy,” said Joe Adams, managing partner and chief executive officer for RSM US LLP. “Our investment in the RSM US Middle Market Business Index reflects our steadfast commitment to the middle market and our belief that a deeper understanding of these businesses by policymakers and the broader business community will lead to positive outcomes for the entire economy.”
The inaugural edition of the index puts U.S. middle market business conditions at 116.6 in the first quarter of 2016, a 1.4 percent uptick from the fourth quarter of 2015:
The MMBI is a culmination of five quarters of primary research and analysis via quarterly surveys of RSM’s Middle Market Leadership Council, a panel of 700 middle market executives managed by Nielsen. The MMBI is based on a subset of 20 questions from these surveys that are aimed at measuring changes in key performance indicators such as revenues, profits, capital expenditures, hiring, employee compensation, prices received, prices paid and inventories, as well as questions on general economic sentiment and corporate financing. Since RSM began surveying the middle market in Q2 2015 to develop the MMBI, the index has shown promise that it can become a leading indicator for hiring, revenues and productivity once more time series data is collected.
“The RSM US Middle Market Business Index provides a critical and never-before-seen view into the past, present and future of the real economy,” said Joe Brusuelas chief economist for RSM. “We’re seeing a market segment that’s optimistic about the direction of the real economy and a more confident U.S. consumer. What’s more, MMBI data and other research indicate that the major U.S equity indices no longer provide a comprehensive picture of real economic activity in the United States.”
RSM plans to publish updated MMBI data on a quarterly basis and use the data and insights from each report to advise middle market leaders on a range of important business and growth initiatives. For more information on the MMBI, visit www.rsmus.com/mmbi. A comprehensive report on other business issues about which RSM has queried the panel over the last five quarters is forthcoming in April.
About the RSM US Middle Market Business Index
Developed by RSM US LLP in partnership with Moody’s Analytics, the Middle Market Business Index (MMBI) is a proprietary research product designed to accurately reflect conditions of the U.S. middle market based on a subset of 20 questions from surveys of RSM’s Middle Market Leadership Council, a panel of 700 middle market executives managed by Nielsen, conducted in the first month of each quarter. The questions that inform the index are patterned after those in other leading business surveys, such as those from the Institute of Supply Chain Management and the National Federation of Independent Businesses and measure changes in key performance indicators such as: revenues, profits, capital expenditures, hiring, employee compensations, prices received and inventories, as well as questions on general economic sentiment and corporate financing. For more information on MMBI methodology and RSM’s Middle Market Leadership Council, please visit: www.rsmus.com/mmbi.
About RSM US LLP
RSM US LLP is the leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, with 9,000 people in 86 offices nationwide. It is a licensed CPA firm and the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 38,300 people in over 120 countries. RSM uses its deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of clients to help them succeed. For more information, visit rsmus.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and/or connect with us on LinkedIn.