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The Real Economy: Volume 49

Middle market companies yet to embrace price hedging

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Despite growing cost pressures on their supply chains, just 14 percent of middle market companies surveyed appear to be hedging commodity prices for the longer term according to RSM’s Middle Market Business Index survey. This could be a worrisome indicator, says RSM’s Chief Economist Joseph Brusuelas, as the middle market may not yet be accepting the likelihood that inflationary pressure will continue to build in 2019. He notes, “We fully expect the Federal Reserve to continue additional rate hikes in 2019 that will likely lead to steeper pricing for commodities and tighter margins for medium-sized businesses, and signal a move into restrictive monetary policy.”

In this issue of The Real Economy, we examine this topic as well as a government shutdown’s fallout on food stamp program funding, real GDP growth projections, and the current state of environmental, social and corporate governance practices, benefits and reporting challenges. Download the full report.

IN THIS ISSUE

Middle market companies yet to embrace hedging, despite mounting costs

Middle market companies yet to embrace hedging, despite mounting costs

Despite mounting cost pressures, just a fraction of middle market companies appear to be hedging commodity prices for the longer term.

Costs of not paying food stamp benefits during the government shutdown

Costs of not paying food stamp benefits during the government shutdown

Oh, SNAP! The economic and political costs of not paying food stamp benefits during the government shutdown.

Real GDP growth points to sub-2 percent growth, new RSM index shows

Real GDP growth points to sub-2 percent growth, new RSM index shows

After a year of above-average growth, a new RSM monthly index projects real GDP return below 2 percent.

ESG investment rises, but tracking methods fall short

ESG investment rises, but tracking methods fall short

Without standardized reporting, it’s difficult to track environmental, social and governance performance in middle market companies.

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