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06.18.18

The U.S. labor market has progressed to an advanced stage with an unemployment rate under 4% amidst a growing scarcity of qualified workers. Wages and salaries are in a gradual but steady uptrend. The future direction of labor costs is a critical variable in the economic and investment outlook. This week’s Economic Perspective assesses the tightness of the labor market and the implications of future job creation and labor compensation for economic growth, along with trends in the bond and equity markets.

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05.21.18

The U.S. banking sector has been in an extended period of rehabilitation since its near collapse in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. The results of this arduous recapitalization process have been extremely encouraging: Balance sheets have been restored to the strongest health in decades and earnings, cash flow, and dividends are in a solid recovery phase. This week’s Economic Perspective examines the current fundamental health of the banking sector and provides a forecast of industry trends.

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05.14.18

Financial markets remain under pressure as investors grapple with uncertainties involving world economic growth, corporate profit margins, inflation, a flattening yield curve, monetary policy and trade policy. This week’s Mid-Quarter Economic Review provides an analysis of each of these critical variables and updates our economic forecast for this year and 2019.

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04.09.18

This week’s report is Part II of the Prudential Retirement Annual Outlook. Part I was distributed last week and focused on the outlook for the world economy in 2018 and 2019. The focus of Part II is on world financial markets and provides an analysis of major investment trends and themes expected over the next two years.

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04.02.18

This week’s Economic Perspective is the regular Prudential Retirement Quarterly Economic Review and Outlook. This week’s report reviews economic developments of the past three months and highlights the critical variables and risks in the outlook for continued global economic growth. The report for next week will provide a review of investment trends of the past year and a summary of the outlook for world financial markets through all of 2018.

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02.26.18

This week’s Economic Perspective is the regular Prudential Retirement Mid-Quarter Economic Review. The report highlights the major trends in the global economy, along with central themes in the outlook for world financial markets.

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01.08.18

This week’s report is Part II of the Prudential Retirement Annual Outloook. Part I was distributed last week and focused on the outlook for the world economy in 2018 and beyond. The focus of Part II is on world financial markets and provides an analysis of major investment trends and themes expected in 2018 and beyond.

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01.02.18

This year's Prudential Retirement Annual Outlook will be distributed in two parts. Part I is an analysis of the outlook for the world economy in 2018 and beyond. Part II will be distributed during the week of January 8 and will provide an analysis of world financial markets and major investment themes for 2018.

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12.18.17

Calendar year 2017 was mainly a year of continuity of the trends that have prevailed in recent years. However, it was also a year of surprises and important shifts in economic and policy trends. This week’s economic report is the 18th consecutive Year in Review analysis, a summary and assessment of the most significant events and developments of the current calendar year. The emphasis of this year’s report will be on the current business expansion cycle, the synchronized global expansion, important government policy and geopolitical developments, and central themes within financial markets.

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