Small Business Optimism

August 9, 2022 . Small business optimism rose 0.4 point in July to 89.9 after have fallen 3.6 points in June. NFIB Chief Economist William Dunkelberg said, “The uncertainty in the small business sector is climbing again as owners continue to manage historic inflation,...

Trade Deficit

July 7, 2022 The trade deficit narrowed by $1.1 billion in May to $85.5 billion after narrowing by $21.0 billion in March after widening by $19.5 billion in March. While volatile on a monthly basis the deficit has widened  dramatically since April of last year because...

Trade-Weighted Dollar

June 9, 2022 The trade-weighted value of the dollar, which represents the value of the dollar against the currencies of a broad group of U.S. trading partners has risen 7.7% from where it was at this time last year and it is expected to continue to rise in value...

Corporate Leverage

June 9, 2022   Economists like to keep an eye on the amount of leverage amongst corporations.  When corporations take on huge amounts of debt in relation to their net worth, any economic downturn will be much more severe than it would otherwise be as corporations...

Corporate Cash

June 9, 2022 Corporate cash holdings in the first half of 2020 as the government quarantine basically caused the economy to stop dead in its tracks.  Firms needed to raise money wherever they could to keep them going until such time as virus eased its grip and the...

Corporate Profits

May 26, 2022 Corporate profits from current production (corporate profits before tax with inventory valuation and capital consumption adjustments) fell by $66.4 billion in the first quarter which works out to an annualized rate of decline of 2.3% after having risen by...