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. 18, No. 3, Winter

Global Economic Outlook 2007: Growth Slows Everywhere, but Outlook Is Positive
After strong growth and recovery around the world last year, economic growth next year is expected to be slower everywhere. China and India will again be global leaders. United States GDP is expected to grow approximately 2.2 percent to 2.6 percent...
Kentucky's Economic Outlook for 2007
State Economy Kentucky's personal income is estimated to be $125.5 billion for the first quarter of FY 2007, an increase of 5.5 percent from a year ago. U.S. personal income grew by 7.7 percent during the same period. Wages and salaries constitute...
Mississippi Economic Outlook: Countdown to Take-Off
Mississippi's economy is back on track, after being slammed by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. The state's three coastal counties, which account for about 15% of the state's employment and population, are slowly recovering. Statewide, output...
National & Regional Economies
Gross Domestic Product, 2005-2006 I II II IV 2005 3.4 3.3 4.2 1.8 2006 5.6 2.6 2.0 2.2 Note: Seasonally adjusted at annual rates. Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. National and Regional Quarterly Unadjusted...
Real Estate Cycle Conditions: For Office, Retail, and Warehouse Markets
In 2007, we can expect to see more of the progress that was hard won and slow paced across investment markets for office, retail, and warehouse properties in 2006. The classic demand drivers for the national and metropolitan markets for office, retail,...
The Arkansas Economic Outlook: 2007
The Arkansas economic outlook for 2007 is more problematic than usual. Borrowing terminology from equity analysts, the Arkansas economy could maintain growth in line with national performance or outperform or underperform the national experience. A...
The Bump in the Road Becomes a Hill
The Federal Reserve (Fed), in its January policy statement, succinctly assessed the national economic outlook as follows: "Overall, the economy seems likely to expand at a moderate pace over coming quarters ... and inflation pressures seem likely to...
The Memphis Economy in 2007
After several years of flat to negative growth, the economy of the Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) finally appears to be headed in a positive direction. In 2006, announcements were made about the relocation to the Memphis MSA of the corporate...
Wary and Watchful: The National Outlook for 2007-2008
Anticipating changes in the nation's economic performance involves the art of combining detailed data-driven forecasts with expectations of changes in world economic and political events. Data forecasts drive the economic outlook for next year and...