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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 46

The Real Economy: Volume 46

RSM projects holiday spending to be robust in 2018, well above 2017’s final numbers. However, the main catalyst may be somewhat surprising.

  • October 11, 2018

Monthly Market Commentary

Fed increases target interest rates in September

Fed increases target interest rates in September

The Federal Reserve increased target interest rates in September. This resulted in a near parallel shift across the yield curve.

  • October 08, 2018

Weekly market commentary

Dow Jones Industrial average drops 1,300 points last week

Given anxiety surrounding the markets’ recent pullback, how should investors respond? It’s all about perspective and your long-term plan.

  • October 15, 2018

The great American jobs machine rolls on

In August, 201,000 jobs were added and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.9 percent, marking 95 months of consecutive job growth.

  • September 10, 2018

Retail sales and productivity show economy firing on all cylinders

Sustained job creation, robust retail sales and improving productivity indicate the U.S. economy is firing on all cylinders.

  • August 20, 2018


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