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 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 …



The Midwest's Economy's Mixed Messages

The Midwest economy is stuck seemingly somewhere between declining short-term struggles and positive long-term trends. The result is an economic environment that is much like preparing for a NASA space launch that has been scrapped for several days in a row because of bad weather.

A recent report …



Brexit: The U.S. Benefits Explained

The economy is a precarious element, so when history-making political decisions like Brexit are made, the rest of the world is often left to deal with the ramifications. The question remains: now that Great Britain has voted to leave the European Union (EU), what does it mean for the U.S.?  …



The Economic Recovery Turns Seven Are We There Yet?

Just like with personal health, no matter how well you take care of yourself, you’ll still come down with a bug every now and again. The same can be said for economic conditions — think of a recession as a nasty bout of flu that will occasionally affect the economy — there’s …

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