United States

Joe Brusuelas

Chief Economist

Areas of focus: Middle Market Economics, The Real Economy, Middle Market Business Index, Market Commentaries

ABOUT JOE

Joe Brusuelas, “chief economist to the middle market,” is the preeminent voice championing issues and policies facing midsize companies in the United States and around the world. An award-winning economist, Brusuelas has more than 20 years’ experience analyzing U.S. monetary policy, labor markets, fiscal policy, international finance, economic indicators and the condition of the U.S. consumer.

A member of the Wall Street Journal’s forecasting panel, Brusuelas regularly briefs members of Congress and other senior officials regarding the impacts of federal policy on the middle market and the factors by which middle market executives make business decisions. He also frequently offers his insights on the U.S., Canadian and global economies in the financial media, including CNBC, Cheddar, NPR’s Marketplace, Yahoo! Finance, Financial Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Axios and Politico. (Recent broadcast coverage and other media commentary can be found here.) In 2020, he was named one of the 100 most influential economists by Richtopia.

At the heart of Brusuelas’ work at RSM is the Middle Market Business Index (MMBI), a first-of-its-kind economic index designed to accurately reflect business conditions in “the real economy.” The middle market in the United States consists of roughly 200,000 firms with annual revenues between $10 million and $2 billion, which account for 40% of GDP and one-third of the U.S. labor force.

Before joining RSM in 2014, Brusuelas spent four years as a senior economist at Bloomberg L.P. and the Bloomberg Briefs newsletter group, where he co-founded the award-winning Bloomberg Economic Brief. Earlier in his career, he was a director at Moody's Analytics covering the U.S. and global economies for the Dismal Scientist website. He also served as chief economist at Merk Investments L.L.C. and chief U.S. economist at IDEAglobal.

Brusuelas completed all economy and public policy dissertation requirements for his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California. 


Featured insights

The Real Economy

The Real Economy

A monthly publication to help the middle market anticipate and address the unique issues and challenges facing their businesses.

RSM US Middle Market Business Index

RSM US Middle Market Business Index

Middle market business conditions improved with the prospect of an economic boom, rising revenues and surging net earnings.

recent perspectives

RSM Middle Market Business Index: May 2021

RSM Middle Market Business Index: May 2021

Middle market firms signal growing confidence in the American economy relaunch according to the May RSM US Middle Market Business Index.

Boom times are coming. How do we make them last?

Boom times are coming. How do we make them last?

The sustainability of growth will depend on decisions made today concerning taxes, spending and infrastructure

RSM US Middle Market Business Index

RSM US Middle Market Business Index

Middle market business conditions improved with the prospect of an economic boom, rising revenues and surging net earnings.

RSM Middle Market Business Index: April 2021

RSM Middle Market Business Index: April 2021

Middle market business conditions improved in April as the prospect of rising revenues and net earnings offset cost pressures.

First-quarter GDP: Growth improves as the recovery accelerates

First-quarter GDP: Growth improves as the recovery accelerates

It's essential that the fiscal and monetary authorities follow through on current policy paths for the economy to return to full employment.

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

To discuss how our team can help your business, contact us by phone 800-274-3978.


CONTACT JOE

+1 212-372-1506
Joe.Brusuelas@rsmus.com
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