Economy

Is 2019 Going to be the Year of the Profit Margin Problem? December 12, 2018

Posted by Bryce Coward, CFA in Economy

2018 has been kind to corporate profit margins. In fact, the margin expansion we’ve seen so far in 2018 is unprecedented in a late cycle economic environment when wages are rising briskly, at least looking back over the last thirty years. What has been different…

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Prognosis for Fourth Quarter Growth December 06, 2018

Posted by Steven Vannelli, CFA in Economy, Markets

One of the more well-recognized Now-Casting data series is the GDPNow series produced by the Federal Reserve of Atlanta. Every day they incorporate economic data releases and update their estimate for GDP growth in the current quarter. GDPNow is a great source of information on…

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A GDP Report That Screams Trade Wars and Government Spending October 26, 2018

Posted by Bryce Coward, CFA in Economy

Third quarter real GDP came in at a 3.5% QoQ annualized rate for the third quarter, above expectations for a 3.3% growth rate. The growth rate itself wasn’t much of a surprise, and frankly, neither were the drivers of growth. But, the report is reminder…

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Trade War is Boosting US Economic Activity … in the Short-Term October 10, 2018

Posted by Steven Vannelli, CFA in Economy, Markets

Overnight, new data released in China suggests businesses are having a tough time lately. Cheung Kong University produces an alternate PMI Business Conditions Index in association with the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing. The latest data point plunged more than 10 points from its…

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