RSM’s Deputy Chief Economist on Declining Confidence in Q3 and What’s Ahead
On the podcast, Kevin Depew, RSM's deputy chief economist, discussed RSM's Q3 Middle Market Business Index and how to prepare for a protracted trade war.
The index, which slipped to 129.4 from 132.3 in the third quarter, reflected a decline in confidence among middle-market executives from the previous period.
Depew notes that although any reading above 100 indicates confidence among business leaders, the latest survey was conducted prior to recent escalations in the trade war with China and so does not reflect uncertainty associated with those developments.
With a global slowdown in manufacturing underway, there’s the potential for risk to spread to other industries, such as professional services or commercial real estate, Depew says. The Q3 MMBI report includes steps that middle-market companies can take to prepare, and he points to two as being particularly important for surviving the trade war.