Global Economy, Competitiveness, Economic Environment, Labor, Money & Finance
The manufacturing sector has barely scratched the surface of unfolding digital upheavals (often dubbed ‘industry 4.0’), but others are already far along in their journeys to grow into the future. This future was very much the focus of a brief conference held by Aspen Institute Italy in early November devoted to “digital disruption and the post-4.0 economy”.
Global Economy, Money & Finance, Currency, Government Finance, Inflation
For only the second time in a decade and the first time in a year, the Federal Open Market Committee, the policymaking body of the Federal Reserve, has elected to increase the target range for its influential federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 0.50% to 0.75%.
Global Economy, Economic Environment, Recession, Money & Finance, GDP
Last month, I presented at the Industry & Economic Outlook Conference hosted by the National Fluid Power Association. I focused my presentation on the global manufacturing trends that are important to manufacturers. Below are some highlights from my presentation; you can view my slides here.
Global Economy, Economic Environment, Recession, Money & Finance, Currency, GDP
In an era full of “unthinkable” events, the world is now confronted with what might become the largest change in the global economic order since the end of the Cold War. Stemming from a close and angry UK election, we all woke up last Friday morning to find that the world’s fifth-largest economy
Relatively strong post-recession employment growth is not a statistical anomaly, though only a small portion of the gain is coming from internet and telecommunications jobs. GDP is underestimated, but it is consistently biased, and the gig and free economies are too small to explain the productivity gap. Rather than blaming statistics, analytical effort is better spent determining the root causes for slow productivity growth.
Risk aversion, high unemployment, growth slowdowns, recessions, and geopolitical crises in key global economies are just a few of the factors holding back global growth. Overall, tighter financial conditions are leading to stock market corrections and a loss of confidence.
Global Economy, Competitiveness, Economic Environment, Labor, Money & Finance, GDP
When discussing employment data, it is imperative to remember that manufacturing is more productive than other sectors. In my report, I note that it takes about 5.8 full-time equivalent manufacturing jobs to achieve $1 million in value-added, versus 7.7 for both transportation and services and 16.9 for retail trade.