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Economic and market trends for business leaders

Our chief economist and financial advisors highlight what matters most

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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 62

The Real Economy: Volume 62

We explore 2020’s economic outlook, USMCA opportunities, female workforce majority, farm lenders as advisers and retail digital trends.


Monthly Market Commentary

Expectations of a Fed rate cut in 2020 rose on growth concerns

Expectations of a Fed rate cut in 2020 rose on growth concerns

U.S. equities were flat as concerns grew about the impact of the coronavirus on global economies, which increased volatility last month.

  • February 12, 2020

Weekly market commentary

Risk Revival: Coronavirus, U.S. GDP, yield curve inversion

Risk assets were off to a strong start in 2020, but that abruptly reversed the last week of January. Read more.

  • February 10, 2020

2020 outlook: What could possibly go wrong?

Investors are now asking what, if anything, will derail markets from moving higher. Will a reversal in 2020 mean we’re back to the races?

  • January 21, 2020

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

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