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Distribution Top Priority As Asset Managers Look At Growth

Growth through new products and distribution channels replaces regulation as the key driver for change. US managers grab first mover advantage over Europe by leading this shift in focus; medium sized managers furthest ahead on implementing a global operating model.

Budding Economic Growth Expected As Harsh Winter Fades

According to Fannie Mae's Economic & Strategic Research Group, growth is expected to pick up in the second quarter and build throughout the summer, firming to approximately 2.7 percent for all of 2014.

Inexpensive Natural Gas Boost Manufacturing Jobs, Economy In U.S. Metro Areas

Over the last three years, metro area manufacturing employment has expanded by an average annual rate of 1.7%. Energy intensive industry, in particular, has been a key component in manufacturing expansion.

Q1 2014 Vistage CEO Confidence Index Results Released

According to the report, 58% of CEOs plan on hiring in the year ahead, the highest percentage since 2007.
Consumer Confidence

Better Days Ahead? Millennials Think So

According to a recent survey of 1,004 U.S. adults, 74 percent feel the economy is better (41 percent) or the same (33 percent) as a year ago.
energy

Stimulus Dollars Advance Energy Efficiency And Renewable Energy In America’s Cities

U.S. mayors release 200+ city survey showing successful use of energy efficiency and conservation block grant funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Ackerman survey

Steady Optimism Among U.S. Commercial Real Estate Executives, Increased Investor Appetite

National real estate leaders discuss state of the industry and emerging opportunities.
Cassidy Turley

U.S. Macro Forecast: Look Through The Snow At The Fundamentals

The report details winter weather's impact on U.S. economic data and the outlook for the economy and commercial real estate.
Google Glass

Wearable Computing Devices Market To Reach $30.2 Billion In 2018

The goal of this market report is to evaluate recent technology developments, growth drivers, industry challenges and market trends in the global wearable computing market.

Navigant Report: Advanced Energy Industry Grew Twice As Fast As The World Economy In...

According to new research from Navigant, the advanced energy market is bigger than pharmaceutical manufacturing worldwide, equal to the airline industry in the U.S.

Commercial Real Estate Investors “Cautiously Optimistic” According To New Report

Findings indicate that although uncertainties remain, the economy is expected to continue to grow slowly and improve modestly in 2014.

Industrial Electronic Chip Market Turns Around In 2013 With Double-Digit Growth

The industrial electronics market was worth $31.4 billion in 2011 or 10% of the entire semiconductor market. Industrial electronics spans a variety of application fields and continues to grow.

Energy Choices For A Strong And Secure America

American Security Project outlines policy choices to ensure energy security, economic stability, and environmental sustainability.

Deloitte Projects 5% Growth In Aerospace And Defense Industry, Technology Innovations To Dominate

Report outlines declines in defense spending, recording setting commercial aerospace production.

Colliers International Predicts Moderate Growth For The Global Economy In 2014

Global investors will look to second-tier foreign markets for new investment opportunities.

Cautious Hiring To Continue In The New Year

More jobs coming back to U.S. shores; part-time and temporary hiring to increase; U.S. debt negotiations and the Affordable Care Act factor into hiring activity.

Commercial Real Estate Recovery To Accelerate In 2014

JLL forecasts investment volumes up 10 percent and leasing markets to moderately improve.

FEMA Recommends I-Codes For National Flood Insurance Program

Report to Congress states current I-Codes are effective in reducing flood-related damage.

Coal Plant Retirements Likely To Alter Future Power Prices According To Study By Brattle...

The study, "Coal Plant Retirements: Feedback Effects on Wholesale Electricity Prices," was co-authored by Brattle Principals Metin Celebi and Frank Graves, and Associate Onur Aydin.

November Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business® Indicates Slow Growth

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in November for the 47th consecutive month, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives.

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