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
The RSM US MMBI eased to a still-robust reading of 134.5 in the second quarter, down slightly from a high of 136.7 three months earlier.
The Real Economy
The United States is moving closer to a three-front trade war. We discuss the growing risk to key industries and the middle market economy.
Monthly Market Commentary
The U.S. economy gained 4.1 percent during the second quarter according to the first estimate of the gross domestic product.
Weekly market commentary
As we round the corner into the second half of 2018, we’ve provided a mid-year update and insights into capital markets themes and outlook.
A major narrative to emerge from the July employment report will likely be the solid, if not spectacular, growth in average hourly earnings.
Trade, automation and transport are important labor market areas to watch going forward for middle market businesses.