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Spending on home renovations is on the rise and catching up to investments in new housing construction.

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The Productivity Puzzle

GDP figures indicate slowing productivity, but do they measure all the appropriate data?

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The Benefits of Globalization

While globalization is often cited as disrupting manufacturing jobs, it's important to look at its positive impact on businesses.

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5 Lessons From 1Q 2017

With plenty to glean from the first quarter, these are five key takeaways.

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A Broader View of Economic Measures

Multiple measurements should be used to determine the economy’s health, rather than relying on GDP to tell the whole story.

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The Gender Gap in Financial Outcomes

New research from the JPMorgan Chase Institute details how extraordinary medical payments are a bigger burden for women than men.

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The Future Impact of Slow Growth

The current pace of GDP growth could create long-term problems for the US economy—unless investments or reforms are made.

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The Fed’s Path to Normalization

While the Federal Reserve has hinted at balance sheet normalization, its path to getting there hasn’t been determined.

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The Consumer Spending Response to Mortgage Resets

New research from the JPMorgan Chase Institute reveals how US monetary policy influences consumption patterns.

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Why Americans Aren’t Returning to the Workforce

Despite the economy’s prolonged growth, today’s workers have not returned to the labor market like they have in the past.

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Will Oil’s Resurgence Spark Economic Growth?

As oil prices begin to rise again, capital investment may not be far behind.

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Finding Equilibrium in the Bond Market

How will the market react when the Federal Reserve sells its excess bonds?

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The Economic Impact of Infrastructure Spending

Why taking an economic view of infrastructure investment might help overcome political gridlock.

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Going the Distance: Big Data on Urban Access to Everyday Goods

A new report from the JPMorgan Chase Institute helps local decision makers better understand how far city residents travel to shop for goods and identifies gaps in access to retail across a range of products and income groups.

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Rethinking Capital Structure Today?

A potential structural reform of the US corporate tax code is leading firms across all industries to re-evaluate their capital structures. Find out the key considerations for senior decision-makers.

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6 FAQs About Rising Interest Rates

What effects will continued interest rate hikes have on the economy?

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Key Economic Trends for 2017

2017 looks like it's going to be a positive year for the US economy—trends include additional consumer spending, a continued rise in the federal funds rate and a drop in unemployment.

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How Technology Is Helping Online Retailers Battle Returns

Learn about some of the innovative ways retailers are using technology and processes to help reduce online returns.

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Market Optimism Set to Drive Economic Growth

While reform implementation has been delayed in Washington, the markets are already anticipating new legislation benefiting the economy.

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Why It Isn’t Time for Another Recession

Fears of a looming recession may be based on historical precedent—but the unique circumstances surrounding this recovery mean that it’s likely the economy still has room to grow.

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Business Optimism Grows

With small and midsized businesses playing such an important role in job creation, their growing optimism about the state of the economy could be good news for job seekers.

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Measuring Local Consumer Commerce

A new report from the JPMorgan Chase Institute analyzes the growth of local consumer commerce across 15 metro areas. Find out what it means for your business.

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A Bright Outlook for Consumers

American households are on more solid footing than ever before, and a consumption boom may be underway.

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Coping With Costs: Big Data on Expense Volatility and Medical Payments

A new report from the JPMorgan Chase Institute examines the sources of expense volatility, how consumers’ expenses vary over time and how their financial behavior changes when faced with extraordinary medical payments.

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Room to Grow in the Labor Market

What does the current lack of inflationary pressure imply for further growth at the top of the business cycle?

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The Benefits of Global Trade

Recent sentiment notwithstanding, the benefits of international trade likely outweigh its associated costs.

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2017 Economic Outlook

Seven key economic trends to watch for in 2017.

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The Ups and Downs of Small Business Employment

In a new report on small business, the JPMorgan Chase Institute evaluates some of the employment challenges small businesses face.

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Markets Anticipate Trump Administration Policies

With Donald Trump’s administration unveiling more policy details, the equities markets provide a preview of the expected economic impact.

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Will Consumers Spend More and Save Less in 2017?

With household net worth reaching record highs, will consumers start spending more of their growing wealth?

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2017 Markets Outlook Webinar

Get an overview of the current economic landscape and gain insight into what to expect in the year ahead.

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Will 2017 Bring a Productivity Surge?

Can the economy continue to grow without spurring inflation? The answer may be found in worker productivity.

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Interest Rates on the Rise

What are the implications of the Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates?

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Should We Be Looking Beyond GDP?

What can an alternate measurement of economic activity tell us about growth?

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7 Reasons to Be Thankful This Year

Seven economic trends to be thankful for this year.

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Can Corporate Taxes Be Reformed?

Could the right incentives bring corporate profits that are “trapped” overseas back home?

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What to Expect From a Trump Administration

How might President-elect Donald Trump’s policies impact the future of the US economy?

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Has Growth Peaked for the Online Platform Economy?

The JPMorgan Chase Institute recently issued a new report showing that while participation in the online platform economy continues to grow, it has slowed significantly since its peak in 2014.

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Shedding Light on Daylight Saving Time

In its most recent report, the JPMorgan Chase Institute measures the impact of Daylight Saving Time on consumer spending.

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GDP vs. Growth

Should slow GDP growth define our outlook?

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When Will Wages Rise?

For the past few years, wage growth has been fairly slow—when can we expect wage trends to pick up?

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Will Rising Interest Rates Derail the Recovery?

Are rising interest rates a threat to the health of the economy?

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Which Economic Issues Will the Next President Inherit?

Can Washington come together to solve the emerging entitlement crisis?

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Are Demographic Changes Slowing Growth?

Are demographic changes driving the slowdown in economic expansion?

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Why Jobless Claims Matter More Than GDP

When evaluating the health of the economy, jobless claims are the most important signal to watch for—here's why.

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Measuring the Recovery

What can broader measures of unemployment tell us about the labor market’s health?

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Will Interest Rates Ever Recover?

Will interest rates stay near zero forever, or are the market’s expectations the result of a temporary distortion?

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Select Slides From Guide to the Markets®

Get the latest insights into the key economic themes that will be affecting the fourth quarter.

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Rise of the Machines

Will the rise of robotics create a permanent labor surplus as machines take over entire industries?

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Is the Recession in the Rearview?

Is the Federal Reserve’s accommodative monetary stance appropriate for the current economic climate?

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Cash Is King: Flows, Balances and Buffer Days

New research from the JPMorgan Chase Institute explores the financial health of small businesses in the US and reveals the cash flow challenges that they face on a monthly basis.

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Why Corporate Profits Are Down

Against the backdrop of a rising dollar and falling energy prices, stalled profits may not be as bad as they seem.

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The Return of the American Consumer

Could strong consumer spending drive growth this fall?

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Awaiting Inflation

If full employment is on the horizon, why is inflation still below target?

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Can the Recovery Go Into Extra Innings?

No period of economic expansion has ever lasted longer than 10 years. Can interest rate normalization prolong the recovery?

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Past 65 and Still Working: Insights on Senior Citizens’ Financial Lives

The number of Americans working past the traditional retirement age has increased sharply. How has this trend impacted the financial lives of seniors?

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Are Businesses Investing in the Future?

Will businesses stockpile inventories ahead of stronger consumer spending?

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Midyear Report: Economic Trends Point to Growth in 2017

Economic trends appear poised to create a moderate business climate in the coming year. Find out what you can expect from the economy as we move into the second half of the year and look toward 2017.

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Which Economic Indicator Should We Believe?

Is the economy failing to meet its true potential?

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The Potential of Globalization

Why globalization should be seen as an opportunity—not a threat.

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The Good News About Bad Traffic

Is the growing workforce to blame for worsening traffic?

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Why Brexit Won’t Stop the Global Recovery

Will Brexit be a stumbling block for global growth?

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The Impact of Brexit

How will Brexit affect the UK’s role in the global economy?

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Corporate Finance for a Post-Brexit World

Financial policies for a lower growth, more uncertain environment.

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How Falling Gas Prices Fuel US Consumers

In 2015, gas prices in the US were 25 percent lower than they were the year prior—find out the impact that had on consumers’ spending habits.

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Time to Dump GDP?

Official GDP estimates may be weak, but the economy shows real strength. Is GDP still a credible measure of economic health?

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How Durable Is the Recovery?

Our Head Economist, Jim Glassman, explores the real reasons why the economic recovery has appeared so slow—and why it's here to stay.

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Decision-Maker’s Guide to Brexit

Use this checklist to help you successfully navigate uncertainty caused by the UK referendum—and potentially capitalize on new opportunities.

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When Will We See the Benefit of Low Oil Prices?

Commercial Banking's Head Economist, Jim Glassman, reveals when we can expect to feel the positive effects of low energy costs.

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Should We Be Worried About China's Economy?

Commercial Banking's Head Economist, Jim Glassman, explains why fears about China's economy may be misplaced.

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Why Are Bond Markets So Pessimistic?

Despite steady economic growth, the bond market appears to be playing defense. What's the true meaning behind today’s low bond yields?

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Is a New Recession on the Horizon?

Should we be concerned that the US economy is on the verge of another recession?

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Will the Tech Boom Create a Commercial Real Estate Bubble?

Does the tech boom have the durability to support new commercial construction, or are we about to see a replay of the first dotcom bubble?

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One Report Does Not Make a Trend

Was last month’s disappointing jobs report a sign of trouble for the American economy?

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Is Commercial Real Estate Past Its Prime?

As the recovery enters its eighth year and the Federal Reserve prepares to raise rates, can prices continue to rise?

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Are We at Risk of a New Recession?

The current period of economic expansion is the fourth-longest since 1850. Which begs the question: Is the US due for another recession?

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What’s Holding Housing Back?

The American economy is back on track—so why hasn’t new housing taken off? Find out why millennials may be to blame.

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3 Reasons US Businesses Should Be More Optimistic

Business leaders entered 2016 with some concern about the health of the economy—but looking at specific indicators may help paint a fuller picture of its true strength.

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The Economy Is Looking Up—So Why Is America Down?

The economy is returning to full strength. So why do many people seem to believe our best days are behind us?

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What’s the True State of Unemployment?

Despite strong job growth and record-low layoffs, the unemployment rate has plateaued. Is the labor market actually improving?

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Will Wages Recover?

As a share of personal income, wages are down. Are workers being left behind by the new economy?

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Is the Economy Going Off the Rails?

Is declining rail traffic a sign of economic weakness?

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Has Productivity Paused?

If the economy is improving, why has productivity growth slowed?

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With Inflation, What You See Isn’t What You Get

Why do prices seem to be rising so much faster than core inflation?

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Guide to the Markets

Get the latest insights into the key economic themes that will be affecting the second quarter.

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How Healthy Is the Economy, Really?

What do two leading indicators—jobless claims and lending activity—tell us about the economy’s health?

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Is QE Skewing Bond Yields?

Is quantitative easing keeping bond yields artificially depressed? If so, what are the implications for future economic growth?

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When Will Oil Markets Stabilize?

With competing crosscurrents keeping petroleum markets volatile throughout 2016, when can we expect oil prices to recover?

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What GDP Doesn’t Cover

Do estimates of GDP miss the changing nature of work in the digital age?

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Consumer Spending: Is Your Community Slowing?

New research from the JPMorgan Chase Institute sheds light on how consumers are spending at the local level.

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The Current State of the Debt Capital Markets

The latest on debt capital market accessibility and the various factors impacting investor appetite.

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The Consumer Revival

The stock market’s slump is causing some to fear that we’re headed toward another recession. But the broader economy’s numbers tell a different story.

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Paychecks, Paydays and the Online Platform Economy

The JPMorgan Chase Institute’s newest report examines the impact of income volatility on Americans, as well as the growing popularity of online platforms like Uber and Airbnb.

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Should We Worry About the Stock Market?

Is recent stock market turmoil a sign of trouble looming for the recovery?

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Why Aren’t We Worrying About the Deficit?

Should we still be concerned about the nation’s long-term debt obligations?

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The Ascent of Commercial Real Estate

The commercial real estate market is red hot right now—here's why it might be the right time to get in on the ground floor.

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The Implications of “Uberization”

What are the implications of technologies like Uber that allow for the commercialization of previously private assets?

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The Consequences of a Higher Minimum Wage

Could raising the minimum wage actually hurt workers?

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Is the Dollar Behind Oil’s Price Plunge?

What role have global currency markets played in oil’s prolonged slump?

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Why Aren’t Businesses Spending?

An apparent falloff in capital investment has some worried that businesses are losing confidence in the recovery—are they?

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