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. 16, No. 1, Winter

Real Estate Markets in 2004
While national business cycle experts insist that the economy is two years into its recovery from a short recession in 2001, real estate markets give the most extremely mixed signals. Single-family residential markets are as strong as can be expected...
Tennessee: Entering the Growth Zone
In early 2002, expectations of a recovery by the end of the year were dashed by the uncertainty related to corporate accounting and to war with Iraq in a still fragile world economy. The year did allow the economic situation to gain firmer footing,...
The 2004 Economic Outlook for the Memphis MSA
Economically speaking, 2003 was a rollercoaster of a year. The first quarter of 2003 started off slowly, with great uncertainty about the impact of a potential war in Iraq, but picked up steam in the second quarter, particularly after most of the major...
The Economic Recovery Is Gaining Momentum, but Many Problems Remain from the Prolonged Recovery
Since the first three recession quarters of 2001, the economy has been in two years of economic malaise. At nearly any given moment, conflicting economic data signaled either a period of renewed economic prosperity like in the 1990s or a return to...
The Golbal Economy in 2004: An Overview
The global economy heads into 2004 with a great deal of momentum, riding the tailwinds of rising corporate earnings, equity prices, and decreased military tensions. Low interest rates and a subdued inflationary environment have benefited many countries...
The Memphis Economy
National Economic Indicators December October November December 2002 2003 2003 2003 Consumer Confidence 80.7 81.7 92.5 91.7 ISM Manufacturing...
Why Does Memphis Business Need to Pay a Living Wage?
The boom years of the 1990s have come and gone. The "New Economy" bubble has burst. But, because logistics and services are such a large part of the regional economy, the local economy remains strong. Unemployment rose a bit, but was never very high,...