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Durable Goods Orders Rise in January. $

For what could arguably be the first time in a full quarter, durable goods new orders rose in January. Core durable goods (minus aircraft and defense) rose .6% in January…

Producer Price Index Also Slips in January. 

Producer prices also fell in January, slipping .8% after falling by .2% in December and November (very similar to what we saw in the consumer price index).  Core producer prices…

Consumer Prices Fall in January. $

The headline consumer price index figure showed a drop of .7% in January after slipping by .3% in December and November. This was the largest drop in the CPI since…

Wild Week Ahead $

    There are many of us in the field of corporate intelligence who are looking forward to next week. Sure, the volume of economic releases that will hit us…

The Coming Labor Tidal Wave. $

We were writing a piece for a client, and stumbled upon some self-analysis of a trend that we think could sweep over the country. It stems from the move that…

What a Shock $

To the surprise of nobody at all the Keystone Pipeline bill passed by Congress has been vetoed by President Obama. The only real surprise in all of this is that…

If Absolutely Everything Goes as Planned $

Those who were waiting for some definitive statement from Janet Yellen were both encouraged and disappointed. She did indeed state under what conditions the Fed would start to hike rates…

What is Your Outlook on the Economy? $

There is much discussion about the global economy and how we should feel at present about conditions. For some reason, it feels as though we have turned a global economic…

Home Prices Continue to Remain Strong. $

The Case/Shiller 20-City price index for December came in 5% higher year-over-year, which was stronger than the 4.3% rate of growth seen in November. This was also a lot stronger…

Consumer Confidence Drops in February. $

Consumer confidence fell to 96.4 in February from 103.8 in January. Some of the factors cited in the report from the Conference Board were a drop in confidence in the…

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