Business Perspectives

Quarterly magazine provides new and analysis of global, national and regional economies. It also covers topics of interest to business, education and government communities.

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 4, Winter

2011 Might Be a Breakout Year for the U.S. Economy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The U.S. economy's recovery from the 2007-2009 recession has been rather anemic by historical standards. During the first four quarters of the recovery (from the third quarter of 2009 to the third quarter of 2010), real GDP...
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2011: Treading Water or Moving Ahead?
The U.S. economy entered 2011 showing signs of improvement but is still facing daunting economic and budgetary challenges. The economic recovery, which began with the ending of the Great Recession in June 2009, has seen subpar growth well below historical...
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Manufacturing's Bounce-Back Leads TVA Region Recovery
The "Great Recession" officially ended in June 2009, but with high unemployment and lingering housing and financial problems, the economy does not have much momentum. As predicted in these pages last year, both the TVA region and the U.S. saw below-trend...
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Memphis Housing Market: Constrained Optimism
Data on median house prices show the depth of the recent cycle that peaked in 2006 and troughed in 2009. The National Association of Realtors' (NAR) median price across the nation fell 22.4 percent, from $221,900 in 2006 to $172,100 in 2009. The Memphis...
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Memphis in 2011: A Year of Recovery
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Signs of a positive rebound in the, state, and local economies began to show at the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011. Memphis is starting to benefit from the recovery and is once again experiencing new job creation. City...
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National & Regional Economies
National Economic Indicators February December January 2010 2010 2011 Consumer Confidence (1) 46.4 53.3 64.8 ISM Manufacturing...
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World Economic Outlook for 2011
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With continued questions as to the efficacy of bailout efforts and concerns regarding sovereign debt levels for many developed economies, 2011 does beckon to be quite an interesting time. Uncertainty regarding continued market...
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