Economy

Bloomberg: CFOs Plan to Slow Equipment Spending

Citing the Duke University/CFO Global Business Outlook survey, Bloomberg reported that confidence fell to 60.3 in December, down from 63.7 at the end of 2014, driving tempered equipment spending plans. read more

Balboa Survey Says Q3/15 Business Sentiment Strong

According to a recent survey from Balboa Capital, small business owners had an encouraging third quarter and are feeling more optimistic about the U.S. economy. read more

Labor Department: November 69th Consecutive Month of Job Growth

The Labor Department reported 211,000 jobs were added in November which was the 69th consecutive month of private sector job growth – the longest streak on record. read more

ABI: November Chapter 11 Filings Up 31% Year/Year

The American Bankruptcy Institute reported total commercial Chapter 11 filings increased 31% to 390 filings in November 2015 from the 298 Chapter 11 filings registered in November 2014. read more

PayNet SBLI Falls 5% as Small Business Investment Stalls

The October Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index (SBLI), which is a leading economic indicator of GDP, decreased by 5% to 131.7 compared to September’s value, which was restated from 140.4 to 137.9. read more

Durable Goods New Orders Rise 3%, Shipments Fail to Keep Up

New orders for manufactured durable goods increased $6.8 billion or 3.0% to $239 billion in October, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Transportation equipment, which had been down in the previous two months, led the increase, jumping by $6.1 billion, or 8%, to $82.1 billion. read more

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

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