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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

RSM US Middle Market Business Index remains robust

RSM US Middle Market Business Index remains robust

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.

  • June 19, 2018

The Real Economy

The Real Economy: Volume 43

The Real Economy: Volume 43

In this issue, we examine the case for a US/UK free trade agreement, technology investments, and the impact of tariffs on Canadian lumber.

  • July 12, 2018

Monthly Market Commentary

Increased interest rates and other economic news in June

Increased interest rates and other economic news in June

The Federal Reserve raised rates in June while the European Central Bank plans to end the bond buying program.

  • July 16, 2018

Weekly market commentary

U.S. labor market: Few fireworks in robust June jobs report

Trade, automation and transport are important labor market areas to watch going forward for middle market businesses.

  • July 09, 2018

Momentous Fed meeting: Policymakers face narrowing margin for error

This week’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting is a major economic event that will set in motion a series of monetary policy decisions.

  • June 11, 2018

Labor market sizzles: Unemployment rate matches 48-year low

The U.S. economy continued to add jobs at a sizzling pace in May as the unemployment rate declined to 3.8 percent.

  • June 04, 2018


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