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The risk of an imminent U.S. recession remains low despite the recent flattening of the U.S. yield curve, Fitch Ratings says. The underlying recession signals traditionally embodied by a yield curve inversion, namely high policy interest rates... Read Story

December 14, 2018, 09:00 AM

The new Democrat controlled House of Representatives is unlikely to impact the surge in new bank lending that many attribute to the pro-business administration of President Donald Trump, according to analysts interviewed by Reuters.  The newly split... Read Story

November 12, 2018, 08:02 AM

Global economic growth will slow in 2019 and 2020 to a little under 2.9%, from an estimated 3.3% in 2018 and 2017, says Moody's Investors Service in a new report. The report projects a slowdown in global trade amid rising trade tensions will have an... Read Story

November 09, 2018, 08:01 AM

Middle market companies turned in another strong, high-growth performance, but concern over costs and supply chain shifts, predominantly driven by tariffs, is increasing among executives. Data from the 3Q 2018 Middle Market Indicator (MMI) released... Read Story

October 25, 2018, 07:23 AM

From the third quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, results show a positive outlook for the U.S. Economy in both the near- and long-term as lenders confidence in the U.S. economy continues to strengthen.Lenders’ confidence... Read Story

October 11, 2018, 07:09 AM

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) published a report on the findings of its Small Business Lending Survey, which collected data on how banks conduct their lending to small businesses. The report found that banks of different sizes... Read Story

October 02, 2018, 07:16 AM

Polsinelli released the Polsinelli-TrBk Distress Indices for the second quarter of 2018, which slowed slowing distress in the U.S. economy. For the first time in three quarters, the Polsinelli-TrBK Distress Indices has recorded signs of slowing... Read Story

August 15, 2018, 08:12 AM

The Golub Capital Altman Index experienced year-over-year earnings growth of 12.59% and revenue growth of 11.15% during the first two months of the second quarter of 2018. This is an increase from the first quarter 2018 year-over-year earnings growth... Read Story

July 16, 2018, 07:05 AM

U.S. chief executives are highly confident in the growth prospects for their companies over the next three years and will focus on M&A and collaborative efforts such as accelerator or incubator programs for startup firms to achieve sustained growth... Read Story

May 24, 2018, 07:13 AM

CIT Direct Capital announced the results of its new survey conducted by The Harris Poll revealing that nearly three out of four small businesses in the U.S. plan to expand their product and service offerings this year.  "With strong expectations for... Read Story

May 01, 2018, 07:23 AM

From the first quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, results show a positive outlook for the U.S. economy and modest growth for the U.S. equity markets. Lenders’ confidence on how they expect the U.S. economy to perform... Read Story

April 09, 2018, 07:26 AM

There is a reciprocal relationship between middle market firms and the metropolitan areas in which they operate, as uncovered by the Middle Market Power Index: Best U.S. Metropolitan Areas for Middle Market Firms from American Express and Dun &... Read Story

February 12, 2018, 07:42 AM

The overall performance of middle market companies has steadily improved for years. As a result, nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of middle market firms surveyed for the Q4 2017 Middle Market Indicator (MMI) released  by the National Center for the... Read Story

January 25, 2018, 07:20 AM

From the fourth quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, results shows a positive and optimistic outlook for the U.S. economy in the near term. Lenders' confidence on how they expect the U.S. economy to perform during the next... Read Story

January 12, 2018, 07:34 AM

Business optimism in the United States has surged to a record high of 80 percent, according to the latest Grant Thornton mid-market business survey, The International Business Report. This jump in optimism among mid-market decision-makers bodes well... Read Story

April 11, 2017, 07:04 AM

The new political landscape has injected unprecedented confidence into the middle market, with 70% of executives saying they expect the economy to improve over the next six months -- compared to just 37% who said the same at the end of 2016. That's... Read Story

March 22, 2017, 07:00 AM

According to the December report of the Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM), the combined score jumped from 52.9 to 54.1, the third-highest reading seen this year. The news was similarly positive in... Read Story

January 03, 2017, 07:50 AM

Chief financial officers (CFOs) attending Deloitte’s 20th annual CFO Vision™ anticipate slow global economic growth and somewhat less—or no significant change to—international trade for the US, according to polling data obtained from a sampling of... Read Story

December 27, 2016, 07:58 AM

Business executives reported a strong surge in optimism about prospects for the U.S. economy over the coming year, according to the American Institute of CPAs’ (AICPA) fourth quarter Economic Outlook Survey, which polls chief executive officers... Read Story

December 19, 2016, 07:28 AM

Small business owners are the most optimistic they have been since January 2008, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, conducted Nov. 11-17.In the quarterly small business survey, which measures the optimism of small... Read Story

December 09, 2016, 08:00 AM

Mid-market executives are more confident about future growth and are actively pursuing multi-faceted growth strategies in the coming year. These are some of the observations from Jeff Kilrea, Group Head and Managing Director, CIT Sponsor Finance, a... Read Story

November 30, 2016, 07:19 AM

Owners of small and mid-sized businesses are upbeat about the U.S. economy amid steady expectations for their sales and hiring during the next six months, according to the latest PNC Economic Outlook Survey findings.The fall findings of PNC's... Read Story

October 11, 2016, 07:13 AM

From the third quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, results shows a shift on lenders outlook on the U.S. economy in both the near and long term.The 3Q 2016 survey results continue the trend towards more pessimism on longer... Read Story

October 10, 2016, 07:44 AM

The June economic report from NACM shows numbers still in the expansion zone, but at their weakest level for the calendar year.Amid returned deterioration in several industries, the June report of the Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National... Read Story

July 06, 2016, 07:35 AM

Despite comprising only 1% of the total number of commercially active firms in the country, middle market companies have led national job growth over the past five years, employing nearly 53 million workers – more than double the number employed by... Read Story

June 02, 2016, 07:49 AM

From the second quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, results shows a positive long term economy outlook with lenders becoming more optimistic about the U.S. economy in the next 6-12 months.The 2Q 2016 survey results... Read Story

May 27, 2016, 08:08 AM

Less than one-half (net 46 percent) of U.S. businesses are optimistic about the future, according to the first quarter 2016 results of the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR). Figures throughout the world are more pessimistic, with... Read Story

April 18, 2016, 07:21 AM

Executives from middle-market businesses and small businesses have positive expectations for the performance of their companies over the next 12 months, at 70 percent and 69 percent respectively, according to results from the 2016 JPMorgan Chase & Co... Read Story

April 13, 2016, 07:11 AM

Balboa Capital released the results of its winter small business survey, and they indicate that a sizeable number of small business owners had a successful 2015 and think the United States economy met expectations. The survey, which was sent to a... Read Story

February 03, 2016, 07:28 AM

Higher interest rates will not upend growth, but reflect the underlying strength of the U.S. economy according to a report released today by TD Economics, an affiliate of TD Bank."With domestic spending and job creation running well above trend, the... Read Story

December 18, 2015, 07:28 AM

The Federal Reserve issued the following press release on December 16, 2015:Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in October suggests that economic activity has been expanding at a moderate pace. Household spending and... Read Story

December 16, 2015, 02:45 PM

Bank of America Merrill Lynch released its 2016 CFO Outlook, reporting that CFOs rate the U.S. economy is at its highest level since the 2008 recession and predict continued growth for their companies and workforce in 2016.In a survey of 500... Read Story

November 18, 2015, 07:34 AM

A new survey from TD Bank reveals chief financial officers (CFOs) plan to significantly increase their company's capital spending in 2016, as the economic outlook remains positive despite forecasts of an interest rate increase and uncertainty in... Read Story

November 17, 2015, 07:50 AM

The positive beacon of light in July was extinguished this month as the August report of the Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) showed a nearly two-point drop in the combined score—slipping from... Read Story

September 01, 2015, 07:23 AM

Several factors have emerged to temper the manufacturing production forecast for 2015 but a rebound is anticipated for 2016, according to the MAPI Foundation's U.S. Industrial Outlook, a quarterly report that analyzes 27 major industries. The MAPI... Read Story

June 15, 2015, 07:31 AM

The March data release of the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index (SBLI), which is a leading economic indicator of GDP, increased 2% from February to 129.6 in March 2015. This also reflects a 12% increase versus March 2014.GDP... Read Story

May 05, 2015, 07:18 AM

In a recent national survey, only 33 percent of business owners said they have a formal business plan, yet those with a plan also have significantly higher expectations for the year ahead than those without. These results were among survey findings... Read Story

April 30, 2015, 07:34 AM

Following a year of consistently accelerating revenue and employment growth for middle market firms, growth appears to be slowing and stabilizing in the first quarter of 2015, according to the National Center for the Middle Market’s Q1 2015 Middle... Read Story

April 23, 2015, 07:40 AM

The December release of the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index (SBLI), which is a leading economic indicator of GDP, increased 6% to 129.8 compared to 122.6 in December 2013. This reflects a 10% increase from 117.6 in November 2014... Read Story

February 03, 2015, 07:23 AM

The January Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) appears to have has joined the ranks of the cautiously optimistic. The CMI had been sounding warnings like some kind of credit prophet as it trended... Read Story

January 30, 2015, 07:13 AM

The December 2014 National Association for Business Economics (NABE) Outlook presents the consensus of macroeconomic forecasts from a panel of 48 professional forecasters. The survey, covering the outlook for 2014 and 2015, was conducted November... Read Story

December 09, 2014, 07:46 AM

Expectations for the rest of the year change with a drop in the the National Association of Credit Management's economic report for November. October's improvement now seen as an anomaly, which leaves growing concerns for continued growth.The data... Read Story

December 01, 2014, 07:38 AM

The American economy is showing renewed vigor and is poised for a pickup in growth, according to a report released today by TD Economics, an affiliate of TD Bank."Job growth is gaining speed and confidence is rising," says TD Chief Economist, Craig... Read Story

September 26, 2014, 07:37 AM

Business leaders representing the nation’s nearly 200,000 mid-sized firms are bullish about the U.S. economy, fueled by consistently strong revenue growth. In fact, middle market companies grew revenue over the past 12 months at 6.6 percent, nearly... Read Story

July 24, 2014, 07:44 AM

A new survey from TD Bank reveals a surge in both economic optimism and capital spending plans among middle-market and large corporate finance executives. According to TD Bank's fourth Annual CFO Survey, nearly 60% of respondents are optimistic about... Read Story

May 08, 2014, 07:20 AM

Economic growth is expected to continue in the United States throughout the remainder of 2014, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in their Spring 2014 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations for the remainder of 2014 continue to be... Read Story

May 07, 2014, 07:24 AM

Economic Data, Institute for Supply Management, ISM, Manufactuing Sector, Manufacturing Data, Manufacturing ISM ReportEconomic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 11th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the... Read Story

May 05, 2014, 07:11 AM

The Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) improved slightly in April, rising from 55.5 to 56. The index has yet to rebound to where it was in January, but importantly is still firmly in the mid-50s and... Read Story

May 01, 2014, 07:07 AM

From the first quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, results show that lenders continue to be very optimistic about lending and economic indicators.In terms of lending, there are several categories worth mentioning.  The... Read Story

April 08, 2014, 07:27 AM

The combined December Credit Managers’ Index (CMI), published by the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) fell dramatically from 57.1 to 55.6, erasing most of the gains made in the last few months and taking the CMI back to levels not... Read Story

December 31, 2013, 07:44 AM

A rising tide of positive factors bodes well for a rebound in the manufacturing sector, according to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation U.S. Industrial Outlook, a report that analyzes 27 major industries.... Read Story

December 23, 2013, 06:51 AM

For the first time in more than six years consumer spending will lead U.S. economic growth as we enter 2014, Bank of the West Chief Economist Scott Anderson, PhD, said during his 2014 Economic Outlook press briefing. Strong exports, capital spending... Read Story

December 19, 2013, 07:31 AM

After a year that started with a fiscal cliff and ended with the first bipartisan budget deal in years, diminishing fiscal drag should give way to faster economic growth over the next two years, according to a new report by TD Economics."Despite the... Read Story

December 17, 2013, 07:19 AM

The Credit Managers’ Index (CMI), published by the National Association of Credit Management (NACM), increased to 57.1 in November, registering its highest reading since the beginning of the recession in 2008.Building on the optimism from October’s... Read Story

December 02, 2013, 07:29 AM

The National Association of Credit Management’s CMI managed to improve in October from 56.6 to 56.7. Though the service sector faltered, driven by the hit in retail delivered by the government shutdown, the manufacturing sector seemed to shrug off... Read Story

November 01, 2013, 07:25 AM

A recent study by PayNet, Inc., a firm that risk management tools to the commercial credit industry compares growth rates and projected default rates of major equipment sectors identifying safe and higher growth sectors.  This data is derived from... Read Story

October 21, 2013, 07:14 AM

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in September for the 45th consecutive month, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.The report was issued by Anthony Nieves... Read Story

October 07, 2013, 07:11 AM

September's growth in the Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) was driven primarily by increases in the index's unfavorable factors, all of which registered improvements and some by substantial... Read Story

October 01, 2013, 07:06 AM

Middle market business executives predict an improved U.S. economy next year, and the vast majority says their companies are adding employees and enjoying stronger revenue, according to the 2013 Mid-Market Outlook Survey conducted by KPMG LLP, the... Read Story

September 27, 2013, 07:52 AM

The Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) for August returned to the growth patterns of earlier this summer. The numbers look impressive again, and the index sits at 56.4, up nearly a full point from July’s 55.5. The last few months were a little volatile... Read Story

September 03, 2013, 07:31 AM

The National Association of Credit Management’s (NACM’s) Credit Managers' Index (CMI) fell from its June high of 56.1 to 55.5 in July, led by a sharp decline in collections. The "dollar collections" category moved from 59.3 to 57.5, taking the... Read Story

August 01, 2013, 07:21 AM

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in May suggests that economic activity has been expanding at a moderate pace. Labor market conditions have shown further improvement in recent months, on balance, but the unemployment... Read Story

June 20, 2013, 07:29 AM

The Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) for May leapt over two percentage points, from 53.3 to 55.6, to reach a level not recorded since August 2012. The improvement becomes more convincing upon... Read Story

June 03, 2013, 07:22 AM

According to the April 2013 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices issued by The Federal Reserve Board, domestic banks, on balance, reported having eased their lending standards and having experienced stronger demand in several... Read Story

May 07, 2013, 07:44 AM

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in April for the 40th 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 Nieves, C... Read Story

May 06, 2013, 07:11 AM

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 47th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. The... Read Story

May 02, 2013, 07:17 AM

The National Association of Credit Management’s CMI for April 2013 reports more companies feeling the stress of the slow economy, not meeting payment terms. The Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM)... Read Story

April 30, 2013, 07:42 AM

New orders for manufactured durable goods in March decreased $13.1 billion or 5.7 percent to $216.3 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 4.3 percent February increase. Excluding... Read Story

April 25, 2013, 07:14 AM

According to the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book, reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts suggest overall economic activity expanded at a moderate pace during the reporting period from late February to early April. Activity in the Cleveland... Read Story

April 18, 2013, 07:00 AM

New orders for manufactured durable goods in February increased $12.4 billion or 5.7 percent to $232.1 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced. This increase, up five of the last six months, followed a 3.8 percent January decrease. Excluding... Read Story

March 27, 2013, 07:46 AM

According to the results of Business Roundtable’s (BRT) first quarter 2013 CEO Economic Outlook Survey, CEOs’ expectations for the economy over the next six months have improved due to expected higher sales and capital spending, but that expectations... Read Story

March 14, 2013, 07:11 AM

Business executives are significantly less pessimistic about the U.S. economy and their own businesses’ prospects than they were at the end of 2012, according to the first quarter AICPA Economic Outlook Survey, which polls chief executive officers... Read Story

March 11, 2013, 07:49 AM

Financial executives at U.S. companies continue to be concerned about the economy, with only two out of five executives expecting growth in 2013, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2013 CFO Outlook. The 602 executives who participated in... Read Story

February 11, 2013, 07:32 AM

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in January for the 37th 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 Nieves... Read Story

February 06, 2013, 07:09 AM

Reuters reported that borrowing by small U.S. businesses rose marginally in December, reporting a small gain for the entire year. According to the report, the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index, which measures the overall volume of... Read Story

February 04, 2013, 07:52 AM

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the second consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 44th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On... Read Story

February 04, 2013, 07:16 AM

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s unprecedented bond buying pushed the Fed’s balance sheet to a record $3 trillion as he shows no sign of softening his effort to bring down 7.8 percent unemployment. The Fed is purchasing $85 billion of... Read Story

January 25, 2013, 07:03 AM

The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index (SBLI), which has proven to be a leading indicator of the GDP between 2-5 months, takes the pulse of the U.S. Small Business economy. The SBLI for November stands at 108.3, which is essentially... Read Story

January 02, 2013, 07:08 AM

The main obstacle standing in the path of faster U.S. economic growth is a strong headwind blowing in from fiscal restraint, according to a report released today by TD Economics, an affiliate of TD Bank. "Without fiscal drag, the U.S. economy would... Read Story

December 14, 2012, 08:04 AM

Nearly 70 percent of chief financial officers of U.S. companies believe the U.S. economy will either improve or remain stable during the next six months, according to the 2012 Fall CFO Survey from Grant Thornton. The survey findings reveal that 39... Read Story

December 13, 2012, 08:10 AM

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in November for the 35th consecutive month, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.The NMI registered 54.7 percent in November, 0... Read Story

December 06, 2012, 07:20 AM

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in November following two months of modest expansion, while the overall economy grew for the 42nd consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On... Read Story

December 04, 2012, 07:41 AM

Reuters reported borrowing by small businesses rose in October, according to the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index, which measures the overall volume of financing to small U.S. companies. The index rose to 107.5 from an upwardly... Read Story

December 03, 2012, 07:22 AM

Economic activity expanded at a measured pace in recent weeks, according to reports from contacts in the twelve Federal Reserve Districts. Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco grew at a modest pace, while St.... Read Story

November 29, 2012, 08:12 AM

In the third quarter of 2012, against the backdrop of continuing economic uncertainty and the looming fiscal cliff, PwC U.S.’s Private Company Trendsetter Barometer survey found that private companies increased their projected revenue growth rate for... Read Story

November 19, 2012, 07:16 AM

The trade deficit in the U.S. probably widened in September as imports climbed, economists said before a report today. The gap grew to $45 billion, the biggest since May, from $44.2 billion in August, according to the median forecast of 75... Read Story

November 08, 2012, 07:13 AM

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in October for the 34th 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 Nieves... Read Story

November 06, 2012, 06:14 AM

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September suggests that economic activity has continued to expand at a moderate pace in recent months.  Growth in employment has been slow, and the unemployment rate remains elevated... Read Story

October 25, 2012, 07:00 AM

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in September for the 33rd 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 Nieves... Read Story

October 04, 2012, 07:00 AM

Reuters reported that lending to small U.S. businesses rose in August for a second straight month providing a sign the economy may have been regaining its footing even before the U.S. central bank's latest round of stimulus.According to the report... Read Story

October 02, 2012, 07:00 AM

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September following three consecutive months of slight contraction, and the overall economy grew for the 40th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing... Read Story

October 02, 2012, 07:00 AM

The National Association of Credit Management said the Credit Managers’ Index showed a nice recovery in August when the combined index number moved from 53.4 to 55.8, showing better overall performance than earlier in the year. The 55.8 was higher... Read Story

October 01, 2012, 07:00 AM

New orders for manufactured durable goods in August decreased $30.1 billion or 13.2 percent to $198.5 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This decrease, down following three consecutive monthly increases, was the largest decrease since... Read Story

September 28, 2012, 06:00 AM