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Economic and market trends for business leaders

Our chief economist and financial advisors highlight what matters most


As a business owner or executive, you need to understand what is happening in the economy and how it may affect your business growth strategy or succession planning. We help the middle market understand, anticipate and address the challenges of today’s economy through fresh perspectives from our chief economist and other business leaders. Our newest research, The Middle Market Business Index, offers a quarterly view into the trends and concerns important to your fellow middle market business leaders.  

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Middle Market Business Index

RSM US Middle Market Business Index posts another new all-time high

RSM US Middle Market Business Index posts another new all-time high

In the first quarter of 2018, the RSM US MMBI registered an all-time high of 136.7, helped by strong economic fundamentals.

  • March 19, 2018

The Real Economy

The Real Economy: Volume 40

The Real Economy: Volume 40

Concern that market volatility signals an end to the current business cycle may be overblown. Joe Brusuelas, RSM chief economist, explores.

  • April 12, 2018

Monthly Market Commentary

Trade discussion and fall out concerns in March

Trade discussion and fall out concerns in March

March headlines centered around trade policy. Large capitalization companies were negatively impacted; smaller companies performed well.

  • April 09, 2018

Weekly market commentary

Will the U.S.-China trade spat escalate into a trade war?

Trade frictions between the U.S. and China could spill over into a full blown trade war. Economic distortions will be closely watched.

  • April 16, 2018

March payroll report reveals the shape of things to come

The labor market has been a volatile one, growing at a pace of 211,100 over the past six months, a rate that is likely unsustainable.

  • April 09, 2018

U.S. unemployment rate likely to decline to 4 percent

The United States labor market continues to be on a roll; however, it’s likely we’ll see a more modest pace of growth.

  • April 02, 2018


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