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Middle Market Optimism

  
  
  
middle market report

Recently the National Center for the Middle Market, in conjunction with Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business and GE Capital, released its latest update on the outlook of middle-market companies in the U.S. The data was based on survey responses of more than 1,000 CEOs, CFOs, and other C-level executives leading America’s middle-market companies with revenues of $10 million to $1 billion. The National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) conducts these surveys on a quarterly basis, and the data they produce and analyze is always compelling for anyone interested in this segment of our economy.

Economic Update – Pent-up Demand

  
  
  
economic update

Since the recession hit in 2008 and 2009, both consumers and businesses have delayed expenditures on quite a few items, things that prior to the recession were considered by many to be staples. I am sure we all know people, or have even delayed purchases ourselves, until our perception of the economy improves.

Economic Projections – Continued Growth?

  
  
  
economic projections

I recently had the opportunity to listen to a conference call about economic projections hosted by some folks from Northern Trust. They hold these on a monthly basis and they tend to provide very good analysis of what is driving the economy and where it is heading. This teleconference had two primary participants, Chief Investment Strategist Jim McDonald and Senior Vice President and Economist Asha Bangalore.

Small Businesses – The Backbone of Our Economy

  
  
  
small businesses

I recently read an article that summarizes Generational Equity’s view towards our client base. The title was “Six Reasons for You to Love Small Businesses.” Written by Nellie Akalp, the piece highlighted why small businesses are vital to the U.S. economy. She cited a Public Affairs Pulse Survey from last year, which showed that 88% of all adults had a favorable view of small businesses while only 16% said the same thing about larger companies.

Economic News – Some Positive Signs of Life

  
  
  
positive economic news

During the past few weeks, based on the increase in the number of positive economic news pieces I have seen in the media, it is clear that overall the economy is appearing to gain some strength despite the fears of sequestration. Two pieces of data I came across last month illustrated this.

The Economic Impact of Equity Firms

  
  
  
economic impact of equity firms

A few short months ago, during the buildup to the presidential election, we all heard more than we wanted to about the evils and transgressions of private equity firms. Over time, we have looked at a number of reports that debunk much of this thinking, learning that the U.S. economy would grind to a slow halt without private capital.

Cash on Corporate Balance Sheets – What’s the Plan?

  
  
  
cash on corporate balance sheets

The title of the article said it all: “Buffett Scolds CEOs for NOT Deploying Stockpiles of Cash.” I generally find that anytime Warren Buffett pontificates on topics like this, he hits the proverbial nail on the head.

Economic News – Recovery More Robust Than Expected

  
  
  
economic news

Last week we finally got some good economic news about our ongoing recovery. As you are probably well aware, post-recession the U.S. economic expansion has hardly been dynamic. In fact, a better term to use would be “tepid” at best. This has impacted all facets of our national psyche as unemployment has remained stubbornly high for the past four years.

M&A News

  
  
  
m&a news and sequestration

A few weeks ago I read an interesting article in Mergers and Acquisition magazine, a publication of the Association for Corporate Growth. Entitled “2013 Could See an M&A Resurgence,” it was written by Frank Aquila, co-head of Sullivan & Cromwell’s general practice group. Around the same time the article was published, Mr. Aquila was also interviewed by Axialmarket and the topic, not surprisingly, was his view on M&A news in 2013. You can see the entire interview by clicking here.

Private Equity Investments

  
  
  
inventory of private equity-backed companies

As many of you will recall, during the last election cycle, the private equity industry was discussed, examined, and, in some circles, criticized more than ever before. The reality is no industry was more vilified by outside sources with little knowledge of the key role it plays in our economy than any other over the year leading up to the election.

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