US/Global Monthly Series I

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The U.S. economy has grown slowly in the last few months as a result of both domestic and global headwinds. The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the United States increased 0.2 percent in October 2012, following a 0.5 percent rise in September. These levels signal a slow growth trend for the U.S. economy. The six-month growth rate has slowed substantially, but it still remains in growth territory due to positive contributions from the housing and financial components. The Federal Reserve’s easing of monetary policy is fueling the rise of the financial components of the index.


Bart van Ark, Ph.D.

Bart van Ark, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President., Chief Economist & Chief Strategy Officer
The Conference Board

Bart van Ark is executive vice president, chief economist & chief strategy officer of The Conference Board. He leads a team of almost two dozen economists in New York, Brussels and Beijing who produce a range of widely watched economic indicat... Full Bio

Vivian Chen

Vivian Chen
Senior Economist

Vivian Chen is a senior economist at The Conference Board.

She is responsible for research programs on medium and long-term growth, productivity and competitiveness. Chen leads the development of the Total Economy Database ... Full Bio

Kathy Bostjancic

Kathy Bostjancic
Director, U.S. Macro Investor Services
Oxford Economics

Kathy has extensive experience providing insightful global economic and financial market analysis and forecasts to institutional and retail investors and Fortune 500 business leaders and professionals. She has a deep understanding of U.S. monetary... Full Bio


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