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.

Could We Be Seeing the Return of the Middle Class?

A lot has been made of the growing gap between upper and lower income segments of the U.S. economy. Basically, the story has been about a shrinking middle class – as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Explanations included the movement of manufacturing jobs to other …



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 …



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 …

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