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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

The need for qualified personnel—and the challenge of attracting them

The need for qualified personnel—and the challenge of attracting them

A tight labor market should compel middle market companies to find new and innovative ways to attract and retain talent.

  • September 17, 2019

The Real Economy

The Real Economy: Volume 60

The Real Economy: Volume 60

We explore the 2020 economic outlook, industrial production, thriving through a slowdown, and measuring responsible business practices.

Monthly Market Commentary

Equities reached new highs in November

Equities reached new highs in November

United States equities reached new highs in November and continued to gain on a mix of supportive monetary policy.

  • December 09, 2019

Weekly market commentary

Recession risk and strategic asset allocation

It is important for investors to focus on long-term strategic asset allocation in the face of short-term economic headwinds.

  • October 28, 2019

Inverted yield curves: What the headlines miss

Recent investor headlines have focused heavily on the inversion of the U.S. yield curve. What’s the real story for investors?

  • August 26, 2019

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


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