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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

May MMBI jumps

May MMBI jumps

The economic free fall ended in April and May, and we now expect slow economic improvement to begin over the next three months.

The Real Economy

The Real Economy: Volume 67

The Real Economy: Volume 67

In this issue, we examine racial disparities in America, spotlight food and beverage, and middle market digital transformation trends.

Monthly Market Commentary

Risk assets and economic data diverge in May

Risk assets and economic data diverge in May

Global assets continued to recover in May but year-to-date returns broadly remain negative with the exception of fixed income.

  • June 18, 2020

Weekly market commentary

Fed holds on policy and shares updated projections

Investors can expect continued accommodative monetary policy and should recognize the Fed’s willingness to employ necessary emergency tools.

  • June 18, 2020

What has happened in municipal bond markets

While volatility remains, we think the actions of the Fed and policymakers will eventually help to stabilize markets and restore liquidity.

  • March 26, 2020

Coronavirus fears drive Fed to cut rates mid-cycle

In response to concerns about the economic fallout from COVID-19, the Federal Reserve (Fed) cut their policy benchmark rate mid-cycle.

  • March 04, 2020


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