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U.S. Manufacturing

The United States produces the most goods and services in the world.U.S. manufacturing rebounded from the recession faster than the rest of the economy. The sector is highly profitable and continues to expand. And U.S. industrial wares remain globally competitive, as rising inbound foreign...
Need to Know . . .U.S. oil inventories have soared in recent months and are at record levelsThe number of active rigs is declining but rig efficiency (oil production per rig) has increasedIf the U.S. concludes an agreement with Iran, the removal of sanctions could put at least 700,000 barrels of...
MAPI Foundation Business OutlookComposite Index at 64 in April, Down From 66 in January; Most Individual Indexes FellSenior Financial Executives Surveyed on Hurdle Rates and InvestmentNeed to Know . . .Despite the decline in the composite index and most individual indexes, all but the Export Orders...
I made two public interventions recently, in two very different scenarios.First, I engaged with undergraduate students of American University’s Kogod School of Business. As a special guest speaker, I listened to their case study on Europe’s recessions, provided my critical comments, and then...
Dan Meckstroth, MAPI Foundation vice president and chief economist, reviews the most recent manufacturing data on industrial activity. Indicators for industrial production, capacity utilization, orders for capital goods, and manufacturing employment paint a picture of positive but moderating growth...
MAPI Foundation Business OutlookComposite Index at 66 in January, Down From 67 in October; Individual Indexes MixedSenior Financial Executives Surveyed on Plant and Equipment Spending, ReshoringNeed to Know . . .The Composite Business Outlook Index decreased from 67 in October to 66 in...
Need to Know . . .The manufacturing sector entered the expansion phase of the business cycle during October 201411 of 25 manufacturing industries—accounting for nearly two-thirds of the sector's value-added—had October 2014 production levels equal to or greater than their pre-recession levelsThe...
I recently attended an interesting symposium on transatlantic relations organized by an institute at Johns Hopkins University and held at Deutsche Bank in New York City. One panel, devoted to labor markets in Europe and the U.S., was particularly insightful. Composed of senior executives at two...
A summary of a recent survey on banker’s day events can be viewed/downloaded here. The topics covered at such events run the gamut of cap structure, maturities, FX, capital markets, cash, M&A, etc. The typical event lasts 2-3 hours and involves a meal.I have recently given a few economics...
Earlier this week I presented at TRENDS Annual Nonprofit Forecast and Risk Review at the University Club in D.C. (download my presentation slides here). The event focused on risk management strategies for 2015 and a review of association executive plans and sentiment. I joined speakers from the...

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