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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

Capex and the middle market: The risk of missed opportunity

Capex and the middle market: The risk of missed opportunity

Middle market executives are somewhat risk averse when it comes to making capital investments. They could be missing an opportunity.

  • October 03, 2018

The Real Economy

The Real Economy: Volume 56

The Real Economy: Volume 56

We explore wages, business cycles and decision timing; also, technology spotlight, Middle Market Trend Watch and a forecasting partnership.

Monthly Market Commentary

Investors weigh rate cut and trade talks in July

Investors weigh rate cut and trade talks in July

An interest rate cut fulfilled market expectations, but a lack of future stimulus measures caused a market sell off at the end of July.

  • August 12, 2019

Weekly market commentary

2019 mid-year market outlook update: Investors on edge

U.S. economic slowdown occurred as tax policy benefits diminished; slumping exports and lower emerging markets investment contributed, too.

  • July 22, 2019

Federal Reserve holds, signals possible cut(s) at June meeting

At June’s FOMC meeting the Federal Reserve left the target federal funds range unchanged, but signaled possible rate cuts in coming months.

  • June 24, 2019

As markets tremble, what can investors do to protect their portfolios?

What can investors with a long-term time horizon do to protect their portfolios from the next financial storm?

  • May 27, 2019


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