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. 4, No. 2, Winter

Financing Health Care Costs - Who Pays?
Throughout the 1980s, health care costs grew at astounding rates. Despite economic predictions of an imminent recession, health care costs in the 1990s are predicted to continue to increase at rates that exceed those of the previous decade. Employer-provided,...
Prospecting in the Real Estate Rubble
The realestate market is comatose. After a prolonged illness attributed to an overdose of euphoria, it slid into a coma in mid-1990. Signs of the developing crises were visible as far back 1982: money cost more than lenders were earning on deposits,...
Tennessee Valley Feels Tremors of Middle East Crisis
At this time last year, the nation was expected to be headed for a "soft landing" with GNP growth for 1990 approaching 2.0 percent and no significant increase in inflation. The Tennessee Valley was expected to follow the nation, but with a "rougher...
The Bureau's Business Advisory for 1991
Last year, the Bureau's forecast highlighted the probable adverse effects of the consumer, business, and government debt situation. The second half of 1990 saw bankruptcies and loan delinquency rates begin to rise rapidly and spread through all sectors....
The Mid-South Economic Outlook
I will concentrate my comments on the outlook for a few of the region's key industries and then discuss a few of the issues that will determine the economy's direction for the next year. Let's begin by looking at the performance of a few key regional...
The National Economic Outlook
Once again, 1990 proved to be a year when economic analysts and forecasters were unable to anticipate changing world events that distort expected patterns of economic growth. The "soft-landing" scenario, so frequently forecast for the U.S. economy...