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The Real Economy: Volume 43

The case for a U.S. – U.K. free trade agreement

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The business cycle is clearly closer to its end than its beginning. Increasing uncertainty about the policy direction of the United Kingdom (U.K.) as it approaches a March 29, 2019, deadline to negotiate an exit from the European Union (EU) hangs heavy over the British economy. Unresolved questions over whether the U.K. will remain within the EU orbit or operate outside as “Global Britain” contribute to a weak environment for business investment and consumption. While moves toward a U.S. – U.K. free trade agreement may seem counterintuitive, given the lack of answers to those questions and rising protectionism from the Trump administration, now is the time to begin laying the groundwork for a new trade partnership with a longstanding U.S. ally.

The Real Economy also examines technology spending habits of middle market companies, and how U.S. builders have adapted to rising Canadian lumber prices. Download the full issue.

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The case for a U.S. – U.K. free trade agreement

The case for a U.S. – U.K. free trade agreement

In a time of transition for the global economy it would make sense for the U.S. and the U.K. to engage in a free trade agreement.

The time is ripe for technology investment

The time is ripe for technology investment

Tech spending—from cloud computing to AI—is particularly important now, as the economy moves through a period of profound disruption.

Timber! Rising Canadian lumber prices fell builder confidence

Timber! Rising Canadian lumber prices fell builder confidence

RSM’s national construction industry leader, Brandon Maves, discusses how builders have adapted—and how they can plan for the months ahead.

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