16 Apr. 2019 |
Indications 2.9: The Global Consumer Confidence Index
The Conference Board, in conjunction with Nielsen, has formally launched our latest economic indicator. The Global Consumer Confidence Index takes the temperature of consumers in 64 markets around the world—including how, what, and where they intend to spend in the months ahead.
02 Apr. 2019 |
Indications 2.8: Debt, Denial, and Modern Monetary Theory
According to the IMF, total debt worldwide—including government, consumer, financial, and non-financial sources—now amounts to $185 trillion, or some 2.25 times the size of global GDP. A generation ago, the ratio stood at just 1:1. But despite this rapid rise in leverage, the traditional dangers of government debt in particular—soaring inflation and interest rates—have yet to materialize.
29 Mar. 2019 |
Indications 2.7: Is US Consumer Confidence Waning?
After a 7.3-point drop in March 2019, consumer confidence now stands at 124.1. Consumers’ appraisal of the present situation has taken an especially big hit. Is this an expected moderation or an early warning of impeding recession?
31 Jan. 2019 |
Indications 2.6. Taking the Temperature of the Global Consumer
Around the world, business leaders are growing increasingly nervous about 2019 growth prospects. Are consumers following suit? Ultimately, the answer will come down to job availability, income growth incomes, and the purchasing power of their hard-earned money.
13 Nov. 2018 |
Podcast: Corporate Philanthropy Futures with Jason Saul (Mission Measurement) & Arlene Isaacs-Lowe (Moody's)
In Part 3 of a special podcast series, Jason Saul, Founder and CEO of Mission Measurement, and Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, President of the Moody's Foundation, explore where new technologies, priorities, and thinking are likely to take corporate citizenship in the years and decades ahead.
13 Nov. 2018 |
Podcast: Corporate Philanthropy Priorities with Tim McClimon (American Express) & Dan Cardinali (Independent Sector)
In Part 2 of a special podcast series, Tim McClimon, President of the American Express Foundation, and Dan Cardinali, President and CEO of Independent Sector, survey the current corporate citizenship landscape—and the growing need for partnership across the corporate and non-profit sectors.
13 Nov. 2018 |
Podcast: Corporate Philanthropy Evolution with Martha Herrera (CEMEX) & Jenny Lawson (Points of Lights)
In Part 1 of a special podcast series, Martha Herrera, Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at CEMEX, and Jenny Lawson, President of Points of Light, reflect on the rapid evolution of corporate philanthropy in recent decades—and what these past transformations portend for the future.
19 Oct. 2018 |
Indications 2.2. Drilling down on oil prices: Back to $40 or on to $100?
Oil broke $70 a barrel for the first time in four years in January and hasn't receded since. Most experts predict it'll remain between $70 and $85 in the near term. But any sense of stability or consensus is deceiving. A witches' brew of volatile, complicated, and often countervailing global forces has been the real story of oil prices in 2018—and likely the only safe bet for 2019 as well.
21 Aug. 2018 |
Indications 2.1: Are we missing the productivity revival?
While economists and policymakers keep racking their brains to crack the past decade's "productivity paradox", a return to an era of faster productivity growth may already be happening, right before our eyes.