- Egypt: IP (Feb)
- US: Regional Payroll Employment (Mar)
- US: GDP by Industry (Q4)
- Realtors Confidence Index Survey (Mar)
- US: Existing Home Sales (Mar)
- Manufacturing Survey - Markit US (Flash - Mar), Composite and Services Survey - Markit US (Flash - Mar)
- Mexico: National Employment Survey(Mar)
- *Switzerland: House Price Index - Rebased to Q1-2000=100 (Q1)*
- more updates...
Economy in Brief
Fresh Six-Year PMI Highs for Euro Area
The 'fresh six-year high' is a pleasant surprise that continues, but...
Philadelphia Fed Factory Conditions Soften
The Philadelphia Fed reported that its General Factory Sector Business Conditions Index fell to 22.0 during April...
U.S. Leading Economic Indicators Suggest Continued Expansion
The Conference Board's Composite Index of Leading Economic Indicators increased 0.4% (3.5% y/y) during March...
U.S. Initial Unemployment Insurance Applications Increase
Initial unemployment claims for unemployment insurance rose to 244,000 during the week ended April 15 (-5.1% y/y)...
Japan's 'Trade Trends' Stabilize on an Unstable Foundation
Japan trade trends, broadly considered, seem to be stabilizing...
U.S. Mortgage Loan Applications Fall
The MBA total Mortgage Applications Volume Index declined 1.8% last week (-24.9% y/y)...
by Tom Moeller March 27, 2017
The National Association for Business Economics expects 2.5% real U.S. economic growth in 2018 compared to 2.3% forecast for 2017. The gains follow 1.6% growth in 2016 and a 2015 advance of 2.6%. Quarterly GDP growth is expected to range between 2.4% and 2.6% through next year. Growth in personal consumption expenditures is forecast to remain steady at 2.7%. Expected growth in business fixed investment, however, of 4.4% is the quickest rate of growth since 2014. Residential investment growth also is expected to improve to 5.2% next year after a 4.6% advance in 2017. Government spending growth is projected to improve slightly to 1.4%, the quickest increase since 2015. Deterioration in real net exports is forecast to continue as expected import growth of 4.0% outpaces a 3.0% advance in exports. The rate of inventory investment is expected to improve slightly next year versus 2015, but remain below the gains from 2012 to 2015.
Housing starts are expected to average 1.35 million next year, the strongest level since 2007. Expected light vehicle sales of 17.3 million units in 2018 are slightly lower than the levels of the prior three years, but remain near the all-time high. Average monthly gains in payroll employment are expected to slow to 166,000 next year, down from the 250,000 average in 2014. Expectations for the unemployment rate of 4.5% next year would leave it at the lowest level since 2000.
Consumer price inflation is expected to average 2.3% in 2018 versus 2.4% growth this year. The chain PCE price index, however, should rise 2.1% from the beginning of next year to the end of 2018, the strongest gain since 2011. The index less food & energy is expected to rise 2.1%, up from 1.0% growth in 2010. The cost of crude oil is expected to average $58 per barrel at the end of next year, up from $55 this coming December.
The forecasted 3.25% interest rate on 10-year Treasury notes at the end of 2018 follows a raised 2.82% estimate at the end of this year. The Fed is expected to continue raising the federal funds rate to 2.13% by the end of 2018. Corporate profits after tax next year should rise 5.7%, the quickest rate of growth since 2012. The Federal government budget deficit is expected to be $650 billion in 2018, the largest deficit in five years.
The figures from the latest NABE report can be found in Haver's SURVEYS database.
|National Association For Business Economics||2018||2017||2016||2015|
|Real GDP (% Chg. SAAR)||2.5||2.3||1.6||2.6|
|Personal Consumption Expenditures||2.7||2.7||2.7||3.2|
|Business Fixed Investment||4.4||3.4||-0.5||2.1|
|Gov't Consumption & Gross Investment||1.4||0.8||0.8||1.8|
|Change in Real Business Inventories (Bil. $)||43.5||40.0||21.1||84.0|
|Real Net Exports (Bil. $)||-656.0||-623.0||-561.5||-540.0|
|Housing Starts (Mil. Units)||1.35||1.27||1.17||1.11|
|Light Vehicle Sales (Mil. Units)||17.3||17.5||17.5||17.4|
|Payroll Employment Average Monthly Change (000s)||166||183||187||226|
|Civilian Unemployment Rate (%)||4.5||4.6||4.9||5.3|
|Consumer Price Index (Y/Y %)||2.3||2.4||1.3||0.1|
|Fed Funds Rate (%, Year-End)||2.13||1.38||0.63||0.38|
|10-Year Treasury Note (%, Year-End)||3.25||2.82||2.45||2.27|