The economy is primarily analyzed using the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employment levels. The GDP is a measure of all the goods and services produced in an economy. Economic growth is when the current and future periods of time are experiencing an expansion in GDP. As businesses increase their sales and are more confident about future activity, they hire more people. The new hires are more confident about their future and spend a portion of their income on business and the cycle continues. The stock market usually leads an economic recovery, because stock investors look to the future. If investors foresee an economic recovery 12 months from now, they will start to accumulate shares in companies that will benefit.
According to a Gallup survey, 51% of Americans say that they are in the middle or upper-middle class. Between 2000 and 2008, an average of 61% of Americans identified themselves to be in middle and upper-middle class. (Source: Gallup, April 28, 2015.)In the survey, the percentage of Americans identifying themselves as working or lower. Read More
The U.S. Economic Outlook for 2015 will be significantly different depending on your vantage point. If you’re wealthy, 2015 will probably be another year of celebratory wealth creation.If, on the other hand, you’re not, 2015 will feel an awful lot like 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009. Wall Street and the U.S. government will. Read More
According to a study by Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, between 2009 and 2014, the salaries of CEOs at the largest U.S. companies increased by 54.3%. (Source: Economic Policy Institute, June 22,2015.)But the average American hasn’t done that well.Between 2009 and 2013, median U.S. household income declined. Read More
Traders received another piece of disappointing economic data, suggesting the U.S. economic outlook isn’t as rosy as many economists believe.On Tuesday, June 30th, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported Midwest manufacturing activity declined last month. In May, the Chicago Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) climbed. Read More
Since the credit crisis of 2008, the policies of the Federal Reserve have spurred immense financial inequality in the U.S. Those individuals (a very small minority) who were able to take advantage of the monetary policies of the Fed have done extremely well in expanding their wealth. But for the rest of America, there has been no economic. Read More