Monthly Archives: October 2011

Fresh Data Confirms Growth; Economic Recovery Still Fragile

October 21, 2011 The equity markets have modestly quieted relative to last month’s daunting volatility, accompanied by plunging consumer confidence and a brief pullback in hiring. However, despite ongoing concerns regarding consumers’ and corporate America’s reluctance to enter a full expansion phase, two closely watched measures of economic health soundly beat expectations last week. These […]

Third-Quarter Job Growth Outpaces Expectations, Alleviates Recessionary Pressure, Though Significant Risk Remains

October 7, 2011 An uptick in hiring by private-sector employers in September yielded better-than-expected job growth in September. The positive results for the month, combined with upward revisions to July and August, confirm a trend of steady, though modest hiring that partially mitigates the potential for a new recession. Still, downside risks remain. The Eurozone […]

Positive Undercurrents Brace Weakened Economy; Commercial Property Remains Resilient

September 30, 2011 Following a flurry of weak economic readings over the last two months, several recent figures reiterate that another recession remains unlikely. A strong gain by a leading manufacturing index offered an encouraging trend this week, while consumer sentiment gained footing. Further, a promising drop in first-time jobless claims helped bolster confidence that […]