Economic Outlooks

Want to stay on the pulse of the latest economic trends? Economic Outlooks aims to give you the information you need to keep on top of shifts in the business environment.

The Current U.S. Economic Picture in Headlines

Looking through some of the economy headlines lately, it’s hard to not be optimistic about the direction of the U.S. economy for the foreseeable future. This is despite one of the longest bull markets (albeit a tepid one) in U.S. history.  Of course, significant changes in …



U.S. Consumers Most Upbeat They’ve Been in 17 Years

Consumers are employed, getting raises and spending money. Essentially, they’re the happiest they’ve been in the past 17 years – at least from a financial standpoint, according to a recent University of Michigan study.  What does that mean? It means they plan to buy houses, …



Midwest Economy Strong

If the experts have any influence, the Midwest is about to become a bourgeoning economic powerhouse. And based on the current outlook of business managers located in the Midwest, that time could be soon.

According to a recent Forbes article, the Midwest has all the ingredients it needs to both …



The China Impact

Oil prices are normalizing. The Dow is near the 20,000 barrier. Unemployment continues to improve. Consumers are spending money on cars, houses and durable goods. President-elect Trump is promoting an “America first” agenda along with a promise for investment in infrastructure and …



Interest Rates on the Verge of a Hike… Now What?

Meeting minutes from the Federal Reserve’s September meeting show that the team of monetary policymakers were more split than usual on whether or not to bump interest rates up. Most economists expected what eventually happened, that the Fed would maintain the current rates and look more …

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