Economy

Bloomberg: BoA Calls for U.S./Chinese Economic Divorce

According to Bloomberg, Bank of America says a ‘great divorce’ between the economies of the U.S. and China will fuel global currency and rates markets in 2016. read more

TD Survey Says Technology Spending Drive 2016 Financial Plans

A new survey from TD Bank revealed that 61% of CFOs plan to increase capital spending in 2016, with 58% of those indicating that technology will be the primary area of focus. read more

Commodities Fall Flat in October

Commodities were relatively flat in October, according to Credit Suisse. In addition, the Bloomberg Commodity Index performance was slightly negative, with 12 out of 22 index constituents trading lower. read more

Money Anxiety Index Completes Recession to Recovery Cycle

The November Money Anxiety Index registered at 62.5, which is exactly where it stood on December 2007 when the Great Recession officially started. read more

Unemployment Rate Drops to Lowest Since February ’08

The Labor Department said the latest jobs report for October showed the unemployment rate inched downward to 5% and has not been lower since February of 2008. read more

Small Business Growth Continues at Measured Pace

The September 2015 data release of the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index increased 4% to 140.4 compared to the prior month. read more

ISM: New Orders & Production Jump, Employment Takes a Hit

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded yet again in October despite a one percentage point decrease in the PMI. read more

September Durable Goods Orders Decrease 1.2%

New orders for manufactured durable goods decreased $2.9 billion or 1.2% to $231.1 billion in September, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. read more

Big Banking Up While Small Banking Stumbles

According to the Biz2Credit September Small Business Lending Index, institutional lenders and big banks reached an all-time high in terms of small business loans approved, while small banks experienced a slight decline. read more

Fed’s Beige Book Reports Expansion Despite Manufacturing Lull

According to the most recent Beige Book from the Federal Reserve, the U.S. economy expanded at a modest pace from mid-August to October, although the manufacturing sector generally experienced weaker performance. read more

CEO Confidence Declines in Q3/15

The Conference Board and PwC’s Measure of CEO Confidence, which had improved in the first half of the year, declined to 48 in the Q3/15, down from 58 in Q2/15. A reading of more than 50 points reflects more positive than negative responses.  read more

Equipment & Software Investment Growth Forecast Drops to 4.1%

Investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 4.1% in 2015, a decrease compared to the 5% growth forecast following the Q3 update. read more

Job Growth Stalls in September

The U.S. Economy added 142,000 jobs in September, but the unemployment rate remained at 5.1%, matching the mark registered in August. read more

ISM: New Orders, Production and Employment Growing

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 33rd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 76th consecutive month, according to the September ISM Report on Business. read more

Small Business Investment Growth Rate Highest Since 2010

According to Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index, small business investment is at the greatest trendline growth rate since the recovery began in 2010. read more

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