Housing Improvements

On 2/21 the Conference Board Index of Leading Economic Indicators (LEI) was reported to have risen 0.2 percent in January, to 94.1 (2004 = 100), following a 0.5 percent increase in December and no change in November. Says Ataman Ozyildirim, an economist at the Conference Board, “The US LEI rose again in January pointing to [...]

2013-03-01T16:03:11-05:00A View|

Manufacturing Output: 9 Up, 10 Down

Last Friday (2/15) the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve system issued a revision to the January 2013 industrial production numbers which showed a contraction of 0.1 percent after having risen 0.4 percent in December and 1.7 percent in November. For the fourth quarter as a whole, manufacturing production as a whole, is now [...]

2013-02-22T22:08:25-05:00A View|

Proof in the Pudding

A few headlines from the Metals Service Center Institute North American Manufacturing Advocacy News 01/07/2013: “Last week we noted that the fiscal cliff deal reached by the U.S. Congress late on New Year’s Day would not do anything to address the country’s long-term budget problems or the complexity of the federal tax code. As analysis [...]

2013-01-11T18:41:22-05:00A View|

Mixed Signals

Happy days ... today marks the first day of winter. We have not had any measurable snow in Cleveland yet this season, however, a strong storm is bearing down on us from the plains. It is likely we will get snow today and through the weekend. The good news is now the days will begin [...]

2012-12-21T21:52:42-05:00A View|

Countdown to the Vote

From MSCI Advocacy News: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently asked the 2 presidential campaigns to explain their manufacturing agenda: Obama Campaign President Obama has released a framework for tax reform that would make 3 key changes: 1-effectively cut the top corporate tax rate on manufacturing income to 25% and to an even lower rate for income from [...]

2012-10-25T23:02:54-04:00A View|
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