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U.S. Manufacturing

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...
U.S. Industrial Outlook: Widespread Growth AheadNeed to Know . . .Manufacturing production is forecast to grow 3.5% in 2015, 3.9% in 2016, and 3.1% in 2017Job gains are the core driver of economic growthInvestment growth drivers include natural gas infrastructure, the housing supply chain,...
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...
I was recently invited to give a talk in Warsaw to executives of American companies operating in Poland. The seminar tackled two distinct issues of interest to Amcham members: the state of U.S. manufacturing and how TTIP (the transatlantic trade deal) is viewed by American business.On the topic of...
Strong growth in jobs plus replacement demand for equipment from businesses will provide a stable base for overall economic growth, according to a new report.The MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, released its quarterly economic...
October was a busy month of presentations for the MAPI Foundation’s economic team—my colleagues and I spoke at multiple industry events, a webinar, and a workshop for diplomats. In the coming weeks, Kris Bledowski will be traveling to Turin for a conference organized by Fiat Chrysler, the Italian...

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