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May Business Conditions Monthly

by AIER Staff
Thursday, May 14, 2015

A healthy corporate America provides a solid foundation for capital markets and continued economic expansion.

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Economy

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Despite Weak First-Quarter GDP Gain, Top-Line Sales Growth Remains Decent.

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Inflation

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Scorecard
Inflation in March stayed sluggish, still substantially below the Fed’s 2 percent target. Our latest Inflation Pressure Scorecard points to an overall easing for the months ahead: Nine indicators show rising inflationary pressure, 12 suggest falling pressure, and two are stable. 

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Policy

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Monetary Policy
Not surprisingly, no action was taken at the April meeting of the policy-making Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), in line with the public expectation fostered by the Fed officials before the gathering. While much attention focused on whether the Fed would give any additional signals about the timing of an expected interest rate increase, none emerged. Instead, the Fed left its forward guidance on rates unchanged from its March statement.

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Investing

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Fixed Income
Many factors contribute to the difference, or spread, between corporate bond yields and those on U.S. Treasury securities. Since Treasurys are generally regarded as free of default risk, the yield gap between corporates and Treasurys can largely be attributed to those characteristics that affect corporate default risk.

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