Small Business Optimism

March 9, 2021 Small business optimism rose 0.8 point in February to 95.8 after declining 0.9 point in January. Chief Economist William Dunkelberg said, “The economic recovery remains uneven for small businesses, especially those still managing state and local...

Trade-Weighted Dollar

January 21, 2021 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 fallen 3.8% from where it was at this time last year and it is expected to continue to decline...

S&P 500 Stock Prices

June 21, 2021 The corona virus wreaked havoc on stock prices in February and March.  After hitting a high of 3,380 in mid-February the market plunged by,1000 points or 32% in five weeks to a low of 2,304 in mid-March. But then the government passed a $3.0 trillion of...

Corporate Leverage

January 21, 2021 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

January 21, 2021 Corporate cash holdings in the second and third quarters of last year 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...

Trade Deficit

January 21, 2021 The trade deficit for November widened by  $5.0 billion from a deficit of $53.1 billion to a deficit of $68.1 billion.  But what is important to us that both exports and imports rose in November which is a sign that both the U.S. economy as well as...