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Driven by robust Venture Capital (VC) funding, an increase in deal value, and strong performance by the Private Equity sector, investments in U.S. fintech companies nearly doubled during Q3 ’17 to $5 billion, up from $2.6 billion in Q2 ’17, according... Read Story

November 08, 2017, 07:27 AM

The Federal Reserve released its Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices for the month of October, which found conditions more favorable to business borrowers. Regarding loans to businesses, respondents to the October survey... Read Story

November 07, 2017, 07:29 AM

Ghosts and goblins bedeviled the numbers for October as what looked like an upward trend stalled out after only two months. The Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from NACM registered a decrease for the month, coming in at 55.5, one point below the score... Read Story

November 01, 2017, 07:30 AM

Consumers are heading into the holiday season with robust purchasing intentions, but retailers can expect a diverse mix of spending -- including a continued transition to online shopping and a shift away from traditional product buying, according to... Read Story

October 27, 2017, 07:06 AM

Middle market companies are experiencing some of their highest confidence levels as tracked over the past five years, according to the Q3 2017 Middle Market Indicator (MMI) released by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM). At 88 percent... Read Story

October 26, 2017, 07:50 AM

Lenders are reporting a marked shift in their outlook on the U.S. economy in both the near and long term. According to the  Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey for the third quarter, lenders expect near term GPA to be higher than... Read Story

October 16, 2017, 07:17 AM

Middle market private companies in the Golub Capital Altman Index experienced year-over-year revenue growth of 6.79% and earnings growth of 4.89% during the first two months of the third quarter of 2017. This compares to an increase of 8.94% in... Read Story

October 12, 2017, 07:31 AM

An overwhelming majority (92%) of U.S. small and middle market enterprises (SMEs) who do business globally see international markets as a significant growth opportunity, according to the 2017 American Express Grow Global Survey. The annual survey of... Read Story

October 03, 2017, 07:12 AM

What started as sprouts of optimism in August may be blossoming into a full-grown trend. The Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from NACM registered an increase in September, coming in at 56.5, the best number it has achieved so far in 2017.“The hope is... Read Story

October 02, 2017, 07:11 AM

An overwhelming majority (95%) of U.S. consumer goods and retail CEOs are confident about the growth outlook for the global economy, the industry and their companies over the next three years, despite potential technological risks, according to a... Read Story

September 27, 2017, 07:59 AM

Chief financial officers representing many of North America's largest and most influential companies expressed dampening prospects and expectations about the future status of their own companies and the North American economy, according to Deloitte's... Read Story

September 22, 2017, 07:39 AM

In a first sign that middle-market businesses are losing confidence in President Donald Trump, a key indicator of middle-market confidence experienced its first decline since the 2016 election.   The RSM US Middle Market Business Index (MMBI)... Read Story

September 21, 2017, 08:00 AM

According to the National Association of Credit Management, the Credit Managers' Index combined score for August came in at a slightly higher reading than last month, at 55.1. “There has been some discernible improvement in the overall economy, but... Read Story

September 05, 2017, 07:39 AM

The outlook for the global oilfield services and drilling sector (OFS) remains stable, Moody's Investors Service says in a new report. After two years of severe demand and price erosion, 2017 marks a turning point for revenues, earnings and cash... Read Story

September 05, 2017, 07:08 AM

Mezzanine funds account for greatest proportion of active investor mandates in July 2017, as investors say it has the best risk/return profile Preqin’s most recent survey finds that institutional investors view mezzanine funds as one of the most... Read Story

September 01, 2017, 08:00 AM

Nearly four out of 10 middle market executives say a lack of talent constrains their companies’ ability to grow, according to "Help Wanted," a report released by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), in conjunction with the Brookings... Read Story

August 31, 2017, 07:13 AM

Leveraged loan volume reached $874.7 billion year to date, an increase of 77.5% over the $492.9 billion raised at the same time last year and an indication the market could achieve new record volumes by year end, according to Thomson Reuters LPC data... Read Story

August 28, 2017, 08:37 AM

Middle market firms are outpacing their smaller and larger counterparts when it comes to growth in number of firms, employment, and revenue, according to the Middle Market Power Index from American Express and Dun & Bradstreet. The seventh report in... Read Story

August 16, 2017, 08:00 AM

Businesses in the United States are growing, as reflected by increased borrowing during the second quarter of the year, the Commercial Finance Association (CFA) announced. According to the CFA's latest Quarterly Asset-Based Lending (ABL) Index, new U... Read Story

August 11, 2017, 08:25 AM

Year-to-date leveraged loan issuance stands at $772 billion, easily outstripping the $424 billion posted over the same period last year, according to the latest monthly data from Thomson Reuters LPC. Refinancing activity has driven the jump in... Read Story

August 07, 2017, 08:00 AM

With distress in the brick & mortar sector leading to hundreds of store closures since the start of the year, retail firms operating in the middle market have managed to dodge the worst of the crisis, posting gains in both sales and employment in the... Read Story

July 27, 2017, 07:20 AM

Optimism over the Trump Administration's ability to positively impact private equity's ability to raise new capital has fizzled since the President's inauguration, a new poll finds. According to ACG New York's Mid-Year Middle-Market Survey, 52... Read Story

July 26, 2017, 08:00 AM

The amount of cash held by US non-financial companies totaled $1.84 trillion at the end of 2016, up 9.2% from $1.68 trillion at the end of 2015, Moody's Investors Service says in a new report. The top-five cash hoarders all come from the technology... Read Story

July 24, 2017, 08:01 AM

As the diversified industrial and capital goods sectors begin to recover, there are a number of risks to credit improvement, according to Fitch Ratings. These include mergers and acquisitions, activist investors, shareholder-friendly actions, and the... Read Story

July 14, 2017, 07:49 AM

Middle market private companies in the Golub Capital Altman Index experienced year-over-year revenue growth of 8.94% and earnings (defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA) growth of 2.29% during the first... Read Story

July 12, 2017, 07:09 AM

The private equity-backed buyout deals market saw some signs of recovery in the second quarter of 2017, as 1,001 deals were announced worth an aggregate $83 billion, according to Preqin.  The research firm expects these figures to rise by around 5%... Read Story

July 11, 2017, 07:38 AM

More small and medium-sized U.S. businesses report working capital challenges in the last three months than during any other period in the last five years, according to new results from the second quarter 2017 Private Capital Access (PCA) Index... Read Story

July 06, 2017, 08:00 AM

U.S. syndicated lending activity reached a record $632 billion in the second quarter, an increase of 2% from the prior record set in the second quarter of last year, according to data published by Thomson Reuters. However, new lending to support... Read Story

July 05, 2017, 08:30 AM

Most executives of middle-market companies not only expect their business to experience disruption in the near future, but welcome it, according to Disruption in the Middle Market, a report released by Capital One Commercial Bank. However, this... Read Story

June 29, 2017, 07:25 AM

Middle market business leaders remain extremely confident about the current and future state of the U.S. economy, according to new indicator data from RSM. The RSM US Middle Market Business Index (MMBI) -- presented by RSM US LLP (RSM) in... Read Story

June 21, 2017, 07:28 AM

Faced with an intensely competitive environment characterized by tightening spreads and demand for covenant-lite loans, private debt investors in the middle market have been confronting a deluge of institutional capital that is putting pressure on... Read Story

June 09, 2017, 07:50 AM

Business executives are taking a more conservative view of what had been bullish optimism about both the U.S. economy and prospects for their own companies earlier this year, according to the second-quarter AICPA Economic Outlook Survey, which polls... Read Story

June 02, 2017, 07:50 AM

According to the May report of the Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM), the combined score fell to the lowest it has been since November, dropping to 53.6 from 55.8 a month ago. Of particular concern... Read Story

June 01, 2017, 07:30 AM

Fifty-nine percent of power and utilities executive respondents expect to actively pursue an acquisition in the next 12 months, according to the latest biannual EY Power & Utilities Capital Confidence Barometer. That demonstrates a 12% increase in... Read Story

May 30, 2017, 07:19 AM

Widening yields on middle-market loans is giving lenders more leverage to negotiate with middle-market borrowers, according to a report from Business Insider. The shift follows three quarters of downward pricing pressure characterized by agressive... Read Story

May 25, 2017, 08:00 AM

From the second quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, results shows lender confidence on the U.S. economy in the long term continuing to deteriorate. The Q2 2017 survey continues the recent trend of lenders increasing... Read Story

May 24, 2017, 07:48 AM

Poorly structured covenant-lite loans today make up a much larger proportion of the U.S. leveraged loan market than they did before the credit crisis, and this does not bode well for investor recoveries during the next downturn, Moody's Investors... Read Story

May 24, 2017, 07:45 AM

Scores for the Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) appear to have shaken off worrisome numbers from last month and settled on a generally upbeat tone, according to the National Association of Credit Management’s (NACM) April economic report.The combined... Read Story

May 01, 2017, 07:05 AM

U.S. venture capital (VC) investment in fintech companies rose to $1.2 billion in Q1’17, driven by late-stage deals, which reached the highest activity since Q1’16, according to KPMG International’s Q1 2017 The Pulse of Fintech report. Non-VC fintech... Read Story

April 28, 2017, 07:45 AM

Confidence in the U.S. economy among middle market companies has reached a new high in early 2017, according to the Q1 2017 Middle Market Indicator (MMI) released by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM). With nine in 10 middle market... Read Story

April 27, 2017, 08:00 AM

A Capital One survey of investors, capital providers and advisors found that 96 percent of respondents believe economic conditions are “better” or “the same” as last year, signaling widespread optimism and opportunities among professionals.Capital... Read Story

April 26, 2017, 07:43 AM

Amid questions about the direction of the global economy, investors doubled down on healthcare as a safe haven in 2016, driving up both deal count and deal value. Yet, with so much interest in overall healthcare assets, they faced intense competition... Read Story

April 24, 2017, 07:47 AM

Investors are increasingly throwing their weight in the second-lien loan market as yields on first-lien term loans have contracted to their lowest level in more than a decade, Reuters reports. According to a report published on April 13, second-lien... Read Story

April 17, 2017, 07:17 AM

A new study released today by AlixPartners, the global business-advisory firm, posits that the turbulence in the chain-restaurant industry of late—from underperforming results to an uptick in bankruptcies to renewed shareholder pressures—might not be... Read Story

April 13, 2017, 07:11 AM

A significant proportion of U.S. non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) would be adversely affected by an accelerated and higher-than-anticipated increase in US interest rates, says Fitch Ratings. The impact on U.S. NBFIs of US interest rates... Read Story

April 12, 2017, 07:25 AM

Middle market private companies in the Golub Capital Altman Index experienced year-over-year revenue growth of 8.45% and posted earnings  declines of 1.64% during the first two months of the first quarter of 2017. This is compared to year-over-year... Read Story

April 11, 2017, 07:08 AM

The March economic report from the National Association of Credit Management shows scores still dominated by good numbers, but waning expectations maybe foreshadowing future results.The combined score dipped only slightly, from 55.4 to 54.3, despite... Read Story

April 03, 2017, 07:15 AM

Prime Advantage, a group purchasing organization for midsized manufacturers, announced the findings of its ninth edition of the CFO Survey, revealing the financial projections and top concerns of industrial manufacturing companies. The results show... Read Story

March 31, 2017, 06:15 AM

Optimism is on the rise among owners of mid-sized U.S. companies, according to a new Citizens Commercial Banking survey examining the impact of the presidential election on the appetite for mergers and acquisitions.More than half (52 percent) of... Read Story

March 24, 2017, 07:15 AM

From the first quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, results continue to show a positive outlook on the U.S. economy in both the near and long term.Lenders optimism on the U.S. economy for the near term increased this... Read Story

March 23, 2017, 08:00 AM

An annual Capital One survey found that despite overall economic uncertainty, more than three-quarters of asset-backed securities (ABS) professionals (81 percent) expect buy-side interest to increase in the coming year—a nearly 50 percent increase... Read Story

March 17, 2017, 07:15 AM

Expect 2017 to be a year of deal making in the insurance industry, according to a new report released today by KPMG International, with 84 percent of insurance companies surveyed planning to make between one and three acquisitions in 2017, while 94... Read Story

March 17, 2017, 07:14 AM

Prospects for the American economy are looking up, according to a new report by TD Economics, an affiliate of TD Bank. "Even without a dose of fiscal stimulus, economic growth appears set to accelerate to 2.2% from the middling 1.6% rate it averaged... Read Story

March 17, 2017, 07:08 AM

A new survey from M&T Bank suggests that many middle market firms are looking forward to potential changes in economic policy under President Trump’s new administration and plan to increase capital spending this quarter as a result. According to the... Read Story

March 10, 2017, 07:00 AM

The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Foundation released its quarterly forecast, U.S. Industrial Outlook: Glimmers of Light. The forecast shows positive signs of global economic stability. Low interest rates and the... Read Story

March 06, 2017, 07:40 AM

Private equity fund managers targeting the middle market are experiencing increased competition for deal opportunities, a new report from Prequin finds.According to Preqin’s Private Equity Fund Manager Outlook for the first half of 2017, robust... Read Story

February 27, 2017, 07:17 AM

Total funding for U.S. fintech companies and deal activity dropped significantly in 2016, down to $12.8 billion from $27 billion in 2015, a result of political and regulatory uncertainty, a decline in megadeals and investor caution, according to... Read Story

February 23, 2017, 07:16 AM

Executives from midsize and small businesses feel dramatically better about the U.S. economy than a year ago, according to a new report from JPMorgan Chase & Co. In a dramatic shift from last year, the seventh annual Business Leaders Outlook survey... Read Story

February 22, 2017, 08:04 AM

Capstone Strategic, a leading M&A advisory firm for the middle market, surveyed middle market executives from multiple industries on their growth and M&A experience in 2016 and their outlook for 2017. The survey was conducted in December 2016 and... Read Story

February 22, 2017, 08:00 AM

Private equity fund managers targeting the middle market are experiencing increased competition for deal opportunities, a new report from Prequin finds.According to Preqin’s Private Equity Fund Manager Outlook for the first half of 2017, robust... Read Story

February 14, 2017, 07:00 AM

U.S. middle market companies reported an average revenue growth of 6.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, capping off a strong year of overall growth, according to the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM). Combined with steady job gains... Read Story

January 26, 2017, 07:56 AM

The American economy is doing better than the headlines suggest and should continue to add jobs at a steady pace, according to a new report by TD Economics, an affiliate of TD Bank.  "Economic growth averaged just 1.0 percent over the first half of... Read Story

September 23, 2016, 07:46 AM

The growth of U.S. middle market firms (companies between $10 million and $1 billion in revenues) is outpacing the national average, with an 87% increase in number of firms, a 103% surge in employment, and a 100% rise in revenue since 2011, according... Read Story

September 09, 2016, 07:43 AM

New data from the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) suggests more than one-quarter of U.S. middle-market companies will decrease business investments in the United Kingdom following the results of the "Brexit" referendum. About the same... Read Story

July 15, 2016, 07:42 AM

Middle-market private companies in the Golub Capital Altman Index increased revenues by 7.38% and earnings (defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or "EBITDA") by 2.01% year-over-year during the first two months of... Read Story

July 08, 2016, 08:07 AM

Middle-market companies reported year-over-year revenue growth of 6.3 percent in the first quarter of 2016. Revenue growth registers ahead of the previous quarter's numbers, but is down from the 7.4 percent growth observed one year ago, according to... Read Story

April 28, 2016, 07:27 AM

From the first quarter Phoenix Management "Lending Climate in America" Survey, results shows lender confidence on the U.S. economy continues to deteriorate.The 1Q 2016 survey continues the recent trend of lenders increasing pessimism about the future... Read Story

March 24, 2016, 07:42 AM

According to the annual SunTrust Banks, Inc. Business Pulse Survey, there is a significant shift in the growth strategies of middle-market and small businesses as they move forward with plans to fuel expansion in the next five years. Thirty-six... Read Story

March 24, 2016, 07:23 AM

The burgeoning service economy is significantly outpacing more traditional industry sectors in its rate of business growth among middle market companies, according to the Middle Market Power Index: Exploring Generational Changes in Middle Market... Read Story

February 01, 2016, 07:38 AM

Following a quarter of strong revenue growth, U.S. middle-market companies reported stable growth to close 2015, even as rate of increase in employment flattened and confidence in the economy fell. These findings headline the National Center for the... Read Story

January 28, 2016, 07:55 AM

Even though world merchandise trade growth is expected to rise just one percent through the end of this year, U.S. businesses are optimistic about trade over the next six months, buoyed by the prospect of changes to government trade regulations, and... Read Story

December 08, 2015, 07:25 AM

From the third quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, results show lower expectations for domestic economic performance in both the short and long term.Lenders indicated deteriorating confidence in how they expect the U.S.... Read Story

October 26, 2015, 07:21 AM

For the second quarter in a row, middle-market executives say that middle-market corporate growth continues to moderate, suggesting that the business cycle remains steady following a period of robust growth in 2014.Some 66 percent of middle-market... Read Story

July 30, 2015, 07:53 AM

The U.S. economic environment continues to be ideal for asset-backed lending, according to a new research report from Old Hill Partners Inc.In its 2015 midyear update, Old Hill Partners' CEO John Howe notes the private lending space continues to be... Read Story

July 06, 2015, 07:28 AM

The economy stumbled early this year, but found its footing in the spring and appears to finally be hitting its stride according to a report released today by TD Economics, an affiliate of TD Bank."The winter chill is definitely gone and the economy... Read Story

June 22, 2015, 07:39 AM

May’s economic report from the National Association of Credit Management shows slight growth, with the combined index increasing from 53.9 last month to 54.1.  The May report of the  Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of... Read Story

June 01, 2015, 07:13 AM

From the second quarter Phoenix Management "Lending Climate in America" Survey, results showed increased expectations for the performance of the domestic economy over the next six months while the long term expectations fell. In Q2 2015, the lenders... Read Story

May 29, 2015, 07:53 AM

Sageworks released data suggesting that large privately held companies are more profitable and are growing revenues faster than publicly traded companies in the United States.The analysis covered five years of financial statements, comparing the... Read Story

May 26, 2015, 07:39 AM

Business executives are taking a more tempered view when it comes to expectations for profit, revenue and expansion in the coming year, according to the first quarter AICPA Economic Outlook Survey, which polls chief executive officers, chief... Read Story

March 09, 2015, 07:29 AM

A report issued by BMO Harris Bank found that the majority of business owners and executives plan on making investments in their business in 2015. A nation-wide poll of 781 business owners and executives found that 58% plan on making at least one... Read Story

February 05, 2015, 07:10 AM

More than half of corporate finance executives rank future regulatory mandates as their highest compliance concern, according to a new survey by audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP.Given developments in the economic, risk, and regulatory landscape... Read Story

January 20, 2015, 07:28 AM

Privately held U.S. companies are entering 2015 with strong profitability and healthy sales growth, according to Sageworks, a financial information company. Looking at statements collected by Sageworks over the past twelve months, private companies... Read Story

January 05, 2015, 07:39 AM

America's economy is gaining steam and lower oil and gasoline prices are adding fuel to the fire according to a report released today by TD Economics (www.td.com/economics), an affiliate of TD Bank. "The fall in energy prices could hardly have come... Read Story

December 18, 2014, 07:59 AM

Mid-market executives’ confidence in the US economy soars in Deloitte’s Fall 2014 Mid-Market Perspectives report, as 45 percent of executives say they expect the economy to improve in the next 24 months—compared with just 10 percent in Spring 2014.... Read Story

December 08, 2014, 07:44 AM

Fitch expects U.S. sales growth to modestly improve in the coming holiday season, with retail sales (ex auto) expected to grow at 3%-4% in November/December versus 2.8% year to date. The National Retail Federation is forecasting that November and... Read Story

November 26, 2014, 07:14 AM

The manufacturing sector in the United States has reached the highest rate of growth in more than four years, according to Shifting Into High Gear, an industry report released by Brown Gibbons Lang & Company.The BGL Industrials Insider, available... Read Story

November 24, 2014, 07:39 AM

From the third quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, results show that lenders are concerned with U.S. housing market and the stability of the stock market. When asked to choose two factors that could have the strongest... Read Story

November 05, 2014, 07:47 AM

Middle market executives have a positive outlook for their businesses with nearly two-thirds (63%) indicating that their companies are better off today than last year, while 62% expect the size of their workforce to increase in the coming year. These... Read Story

October 30, 2014, 07:24 AM

U.S. manufacturing is poised for steady growth through 2016, according to the MAPI Foundation’s U.S. Industrial Outlook, a quarterly report that analyzes 27 major industries. The MAPI Foundation is the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance... Read Story

September 18, 2014, 05:50 AM

Consistency is generally a positive development when the overall readings have been positive and this is the case for the August report of the Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management, which posted no change... Read Story

September 02, 2014, 07:36 AM

In an analysis of financial-statement information from 2010 to 2014, Sageworks found that large, privately held companies in the United States are outpacing their publicly traded counterparts in two key performance metrics. Private companies with... Read Story

August 22, 2014, 07:21 AM

July’s Optimism Index technically rose 0.7 points to a reading of 95.7. There was little change in the 10 Index components other than outlook for expansion and business conditions which accounted for the small gain in the Index. Even though these... Read Story

August 15, 2014, 07:02 AM

This month’s Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) reading from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) was 56.1—barely higher than it was in April, but falling well below May’s 56.8. The readings had been closing in on 60 (57.1 in November and... Read Story

July 01, 2014, 06:51 AM

From the second quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, results show that lenders sentiment towards U.S. commercial lending was equal to last quarter’s strong reading of forty-five percent. The high level of confidence in... Read Story

June 12, 2014, 07:48 AM

Manufacturing production continues to outpace overall economic growth and will be led more by investment than by consumer-driven advances over the next 18 months, according to a new report.The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation... Read Story

June 10, 2014, 07:06 AM

For the first time since the recession, most business executives are optimistic about prospects for the U.S. economy in the coming year, according to the second quarter AICPA Economic Outlook Survey, which polls chief executive officers, chief... Read Story

June 06, 2014, 07:19 AM

The Credit Managers' Index (CMI), issued by the National Association of Credit Management (NACM), improved from 56 to 56.8 in May. This marks the second consecutive month of improvement for the index, further signaling the end of the first quarter's... Read Story

June 02, 2014, 07:11 AM

Public policy uncertainty can cause economic distress, make businesses pull back on investment, and have adverse effects on job creation, according to a new report from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI).In... Read Story

May 09, 2014, 07:12 AM

Business owners and top decision-makers are more optimistic about their own businesses in 2014 than they are about the overall U.S. economy, according to an annual survey sponsored by SunTrust Banks, Inc. Sixty-five percent of leaders in companies... Read Story

April 25, 2014, 07:18 AM

Despite some concerns with current business conditions, near-term prospects for the manufacturing sector look bright, according to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) MAPI Business Outlook. The survey’s... Read Story

April 18, 2014, 07:14 AM

Unusually harsh winter weather didn't slow small business growth in February as demand for lending and financing increased 9.7 percent over January, according to the Small Business Lending Index released by Direct Capital, a leading national small... Read Story

March 12, 2014, 07:23 AM

The Credit Managers' Index (CMI), published by the National Association of Credit Management (NACM), seems to having a hard time leaving 2013 behind. The February reading fell to 55.6, sending the CMI back to where it was in December, when the index... Read Story

March 03, 2014, 07:25 AM

Mid-market companies show their resiliency in the face of continued uncertainty, according to the findings of a Deloitte-sponsored survey of 503 executives at mid-sized companies in the United States during September – October 2013. The fall 2013 Mid... Read Story

November 27, 2013, 07:52 AM

A recent article on CFO.com reports middle-market companies expect revenue and employment growth to slow over the next year. The article cites a new survey by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM).The 1,000 C-suite executives responding to... Read Story

November 11, 2013, 07:19 AM

A new national survey from TD Bank reveals that middle-market and corporate CFOs are more confident about both their organizations' ability to manage financial risk and the financial prospects for their companies, indicating the potential for... Read Story

November 07, 2013, 07:24 AM

Optimism among U.S. industrial manufacturers regarding the global economic outlook reached the highest level since the first quarter of 2012, according to the Q3 2013 Manufacturing Barometer, released today by PwC US.  In the third quarter of 2013... Read Story

October 16, 2013, 07:51 AM

Widespread improvement in a number of indexes suggests optimism for the manufacturing sector in the next three to six months, according to the quarterly MAPI Business Outlook. The survey’s composite index is a leading indicator for the manufacturing... Read Story

October 15, 2013, 07:41 AM

Small-business owner optimism did not “crash “ in September, but it did fall, dropping 0.20 from August’s (corrected) reading of 94.1 and landing at 93.9. The largest contributing factor to the dip was the significant increase in pessimism about... Read Story

October 10, 2013, 07:11 AM

Middle-market executives, whose companies take in more than $6 trillion in revenues and employ more than 30 million people annually, are expressing renewed optimism in their business prospects compared to a year ago. However, despite this positive... Read Story

October 09, 2013, 07:39 AM

The recovery in the economy will continue to show improvement over the next year, despite the recent rise in interest rates, according to a new report by TD Economics, an affiliate of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank."The U.S. economy has... Read Story

September 26, 2013, 07:46 AM

After a slow first half of 2013, expectations are for the U.S. economy to gradually return to moderate growth in the second half and through 2014, according to a new forecast.The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Quarterly... Read Story

September 09, 2013, 07:39 AM

U.S. financial officers gave the economy its highest score in five years and were significantly more confident about economic growth in 2013 in the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch CFO Outlook survey. Executives who participated in the 2013 CFO... Read Story

July 24, 2013, 07:16 AM

Optimism for the nation’s economic outlook among U.S. business leaders rose to a net balance of 55 percent in second quarter 2013 from 31 percent in the previous quarter. This is the highest level recorded since 2005, according to the latest data... Read Story

July 17, 2013, 07:29 AM

Contrary to predictions for 2013, this is not the year that middle market companies will set new records for mergers and acquisitions. But that doesn't mean the middle market is standing still, according to the most recent quarterly Middle Market... Read Story

June 28, 2013, 07:49 AM

Buoyed by rising home prices, American households will drive U.S. economic growth forward according to a report released today by TD Economics, an affiliate of TD Bank."The outlook for the economy is characterized by the increasing resiliency and... Read Story

June 19, 2013, 07:43 AM

During the past year, chief financial officers (CFOs) have grown significantly more confident in the U.S. economy, according to the 2013 Spring CFO Survey from Grant Thornton LLP. The survey findings reveal that 45 percent of respondents believe the... Read Story

May 16, 2013, 08:01 AM

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released its latest Small Business Credit Survey, which provides data and insight into the credit experiences of more than 800 small businesses in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Results suggest the ability... Read Story

May 14, 2013, 07:18 AM

American businesses are cautiously optimistic about their performance this year amid a growing uncertainty surrounding the U.S. economy, according to the 2013 Chase Business Leaders Outlook. More than half of the 3,500 small and mid-sized businesses... Read Story

April 24, 2013, 07:36 AM

On the heels of a pessimistic outlook during the fourth quarter of 2012, U.S. business leaders show signs of increased optimism in the performance of the nation’s economy according to the latest data from the Grant Thornton International Business... Read Story

April 10, 2013, 07:04 AM

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in February for the 38th consecutive month, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued today by Anthony... Read Story

March 06, 2013, 07:16 AM

A new national survey from TD Bank reveals that both middle-market and corporate CFOs are optimistic for macroeconomic and business growth at a level unseen since the height of the Great Recession. Nearly half (46%) of finance managers polled said... Read Story

February 07, 2013, 07:39 AM

The January 2013 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices addressed changes in the supply of, and demand for, bank loans to businesses and households over the past three months. This summary is based on responses from 68 domestic... Read Story

February 05, 2013, 08:08 AM

According to Deloitte’s Q4 CFO Signals survey, the fiscal cliff’s detrimental effects topped CFOs’ list of most worrisome risks in the fourth quarter and dampened their outlooks. In response, CFOs are tempering their expectations for 2013 capital... Read Story

January 10, 2013, 07:31 AM

Weak overall economic growth persisted in the third quarter of 2012, increasing by 2.7%, and the sluggish pace characteristic of the current expansion is likely to continue, according to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and... Read Story

December 21, 2012, 07:50 AM

Economic growth in the United States will continue in 2013, say the nation's purchasing and supply management executives in their December 2012 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations are for a continuation of the economic recovery that began in... Read Story

December 12, 2012, 07:06 AM

Major issues still need to be addressed, but presuming the United States gets its fiscal house in some semblance of order, the U.S. economy could be in a transition from sluggish growth to a longer period of moderate growth, according to a new report... Read Story

November 28, 2012, 07:08 AM

Although default rates on leveraged loans remain extremely low, it's not likely to last and an increase could start showing up as the economy heads into 2013, according to the latest Restructuring Quarterly Newsletter issued by Morgan Joseph... Read Story

November 27, 2012, 08:02 AM

The sentiment of Canadian chief financial officers (CFOs) of middle-market companies on the state of their own industry and the strength of the national economy remained steady and positive in the third quarter, according to the latest GE Capital Mid... Read Story

November 09, 2012, 07:36 AM

Reuters reported that lending to small U.S. businesses plunged in September to the lowest level in 14 months. According to the report, the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index, which measures the overall volume of financing to small... Read Story

November 01, 2012, 08:00 AM

PayNet, a firm that provides risk management tools to the commercial credit industry, shows moderate loan delinquencies stand at 1.40% now while they bottomed at 1.60% in 2006 during the last expansionary cycle. Furthermore, AbsolutePD, a leading... Read Story

October 22, 2012, 07:00 AM

According to the third quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, it appears that there are two different lending markets – one for larger and healthier companies and one for smaller and less-healthy companies.“It seems as the... Read Story

October 19, 2012, 07:00 AM

U.S. chief financial officers (CFOs) of middle-market companies surveyed this summer remain generally positive about the state of their own industries and continue to see measured growth over the next three years, according to the latest GE Capital... Read Story

September 28, 2012, 07:00 AM

While economic uncertainty at the national level is a top concern among middle market executives, many still believe that their companies are on solid ground. More than half (53%) say that their companies are stronger today than before the Great... Read Story

September 27, 2012, 07:00 AM

Confidence in economic growth declined sharply in the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch CFO Outlook survey, with U.S. financial executives expressing concerns about several potential impacts on the nation’s economy. Only 36 percent of financial... Read Story

September 26, 2012, 07:00 AM

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) announced the results of a nationwide survey of small businesses and manufacturers. The results cast a harsh light on the state of the U.S.... Read Story

September 26, 2012, 06:00 AM

The U.S. economy is on the right track to faster growth, but obstacles will slow progress over the next year, according to a report released today by TD Economics , an affiliate of TD Bank."The U.S. economy is healing from the scars of the Great... Read Story

September 19, 2012, 06:00 AM