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October 2019 Middle Market Monitor

In September, public markets saw modest gains and lower volatility after losses in August. Economic indicators remained relatively flat, while consumer confidence decreased as the economy moves into the late cycle phase.  September saw a slowdown in both global and middle market M&A, due in part to...

September 2019 Middle Market Monitor

In August, economic indicators paired with a volatile public market depicted a slowdown in growth in the U.S. economy. For the most part, the economic indicators remained relatively flat, which could suggest the historic growth levels are moderating. However, unemployment and consumer confidence continue to remain at...

July 2019 Middle Market Monitor

July economic indicators portray a slowly, but steadily growing US economy, with the unemployment rate continuing to hover near 50-year lows. At the same time, with a continuation of US-China trade negotiations and geopolitical tensions, the Fed cut interest rates on July 31st by a quarter-point which...

June 2019 Middle Market Monitor

June economic indicators portray a slowly, but steadily growing US economy that marks the 10th consecutive year of economic expansion. The labor markets remain strong, as the nonfarm payrolls rose above market expectations in June, while the unemployment rate continues to hover near 50-year lows. At the...

May 2019 Middle Market Monitor

Economic indicators released in May were positive as the economy continues to demonstrate modest, but persistent growth. Labor markets remain supportive, with solid monthly job gains and a multi-decade low unemployment rate. While U.S. public equity markets experienced increased volatility in May, the S&P 500 remains near...

April 2019 Middle Market Monitor

Economic indicators released in April were positive.  The economy continues to demonstrate modest but persistent growth. Labor markets remain supportive, with unemployment near 50-year lows. U.S. public equity markets extended their historic start to the year – the S&P 500 rose 3.9% in April to all-time highs...

March 2019 Middle Market Monitor

Economic indicators released in March show mixed results.  While the unemployment rate remains unchanged and the consumer price index posted a slight increase, consumer confidence declined and the Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index reported a lower annual gain than in previous months.  At the same time,...

February 2019 Middle Market Monitor

Economic indicators released in February show mixed results.  While the labor market continues to post job gains and new lows in unemployment, February’s numbers showed that growth may be slowing. Similar slowing growth trends were apparent in home prices and broad consumer prices. The lack of inflation...

December 2018 Middle Market Monitor

Economic indicators released in December show mixed results. While the Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index posted a 5.5% annual gain, both the Consumer Price Index and Consumer Confidence Index declined, and unemployment increased to 3.9%. Going into 2019, analysts expect M&A activity to hold steady...

November 2018 Middle Market Monitor

Economic indicators released in November show mixed results.  While the Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index posted a 5.5% annual gain, the Consumer Price Index remained unchanged.  At the same time, the Consumer Confidence Index declined slightly while unemployment remained at 3.7%.  Download the November report.

September 2018 Middle Market Monitor

Economic indicators released in September showed positive results.  Unemployment decreased to 3.7%, the Consumer Confidence Index grew moderately, the Consumer Price Index reported a slight increase, and home prices grew at rates consistent with previous months.  Download the September report.

August 2018 Middle Market Monitor

Economic indicators released in August showed positive results.  Unemployment remained at 3.9%, the Consumer Confidence Index grew marginally, the Consumer Price Index reported a slight increase, and home prices grew at rates consistent with previous months.  Download the August report.

July 2018 Middle Market Monitor

After a slight moderation in June, economic indicators released in July showed positive results. Unemployment decreased to 3.9%, the Consumer Confidence Index grew marginally, the Consumer Price Index reported a slight increase, and home prices grew at rates consistent with previous months.   Download the July report.

June 2018 Middle Market Monitor

Economic indicators released in June moderated after a long stretch of positive results, as compared to previous months. Unemployment increased slightly from last month, the Consumer Confidence Index reported a modest decrease, the Consumer Price Index reported a slight increase, and home prices fell slightly.  Download the...

May 2018 Middle Market Monitor

Economic indicators released in May continued to show positive results across the board. Unemployment decreased slightly from last month, both the Consumer Confidence Index and the Consumer Price Index reported modest increases, and home prices continued to rise.  Download the May report.

April 2018 Middle Market Monitor

Economic indicators released in April showed positive results across the board. Unemployment decreased for the first time in six months, both the Consumer Confidence Index and the Consumer Price Index reported modest increases, and home prices continued to rise.  Download the April report.