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A serious conversation on the global economy grounded in the data, insights, and outlooks you need to stay ahead of the curve in business and beyond. The Conference Board is a leading think tank and non-profit business membership group that's been at the vanguard of navigating economic change since 1916. Our research ushered in the 8-hour workday; shaped policy during the Great Depression and both world wars; and facilitated the inclusion of women, minorities, and the disabled into the workforce. Indications puts our forward-thinking—and roster of leading thinkers—to bear on today's most pressing challenges: from global growth and competitiveness to human capital, sustainability, corporate governance, and more.

Latest Episodes

Consumer Confidence at a Time of Coronavirus

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index fell sharply in March 2020, led by a nearly 20-point decline in the Expectations Index—among the largest one-month drops ever. Lynn Franco, Senior Director of Economic Indicators, explains how the rapid intensification of COVID-19 has fueled widespread uncertainty on the economy and jobs, and why March’s numbers are in line with a severe contraction—rather a temporary shock—and further declines are sure to follow.

12 MIN1 d ago
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Consumer Confidence at a Time of Coronavirus

US Labor Shortages: Company Solutions

In the last part of this series based on our report “US Labor Shortages: Challenges and Solutions,” we discuss company solutions to the labor shortage problem. Besides raising wages, employers are attracting and retaining talent by: improving tactical recruitment efforts, making jobs more attractive, improving training and talent pipelines, and widening the talent pool by expanding target recruitment groups and relaxing hiring criteria. Automation has not substantially offset labor shortages.

20 MIN3 w ago
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US Labor Shortages: Company Solutions

US Labor Shortages: Higher Wages and Dampening Profits

In part 2 of 3 of this series based on our report “US Labor Shortages: Challenges and Solutions,” we discuss the impact of higher wages on the labor market and corporate profits. Labor shortages for blue-collar and manual services occupations have led to faster wage gains for these workers. Stagnant wages for existing workers and rapid growth in new hire pay is leading to record pay compression—shrinking the wage premium for experience. Rising wages and slowing revenues are squeezing profits.

13 MINMAR. 4
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US Labor Shortages: Higher Wages and Dampening Profits

Consumer Confidence holds strong and steady in February—with Coronavirus fears lurking

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index ticked up slightly in February, with further strengthening of expectations offsetting a pullback in consumers’ assessment of present conditions. The bottom line: American consumers remain historically confident—with their spending likely to drive continued economic growth through the first half of 2020. Could the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak—which escalated after our February survey — grow into the “black swan” that finally disrupts years of positi

11 MINFEB. 27
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Consumer Confidence holds strong and steady in February—with Coronavirus fears lurking

US Labor Shortages: Why they are happening and the challenges they pose for companies

In part 1 of 3 of this series based on our report “US Labor Shortages: Challenges and Solutions,” we discuss why we’re seeing labor shortages and the implications for companies and workers. A perfect storm of labor market conditions is leading to fewer workers without a college degree. While companies hiring blue-collar and manual services workers are facing severe recruitment and retention problems, these workers are seeing rising wages, improved job satisfaction, and reduced wage inequality.

15 MINFEB. 26
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US Labor Shortages: Why they are happening and the challenges they pose for companies

Coronavirus Outbreak: Global Economic Implications

The threat of trade wars has receded, but the coronavirus outbreak has added a new level of uncertainty to the global economic outlook. Will its effects be temporary, short term or beyond? Will its impact on China, the world’s second largest economy, reverberate across the globe? Find out in this podcast with subject matter experts from The Conference Board.

31 MINFEB. 12
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Global Economic Implications

Special: Implications of China’s Coronavirus Outbreak for Global Business

The World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak an international public health emergency, acknowledging that the virus now represents a risk beyond China. How can organizations prepare for and manage the potential impact of this fast-moving, deadly outbreak? What are the short and long-term economic implications? How can companies respond to a major health outbreak from various functional perspectives?

19 MINFEB. 5
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Special: Implications of China’s Coronavirus Outbreak for Global Business

Consumer Confidence: Impressive gains and election-year implications

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) strengthened further in January 2020. At 131.6 (1985=100), the top-line index is back within sight of all-time highs approached last summer. With the trade conflicts and minor recession scares of 2019 largely behind us, expect the American consumer to be the unchallenged driver ofeconomic growth through the first half of 2020—a full decade into the current expansion.

15 MINENE. 29
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Consumer Confidence: Impressive gains and election-year implications

European Consumer Confidence Wavers Amid Increasing Economic, Political Uncertainties

Ilaria Maselli, Senior Economist for Europe at The Conference Board, gives us the latest Consumer Confidence Index results for Q4 of 2019 with a specific focus on the Euro Area.

12 MINENE. 23
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European Consumer Confidence Wavers Amid Increasing Economic, Political Uncertainties

C-Suite Challenge 2020: The View of Risks and Opportunities in 2020

Co-authors Ilaria Maselli, Senior Economist for Europe at the Conference Board and Chuck Mitchell Executive Director, Knowledge Content & Quality at the Conference Board, discuss the findings of our latest C-Suite Challenge report. This report is one of a suite of knowledge offerings based on responses to the C-Suite Challenge 2020 survey, which asked CEOs and C-suite executives for their views on the external and internal stress points they face.

27 MINENE. 8
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C-Suite Challenge 2020: The View of Risks and Opportunities in 2020

Latest Episodes

Consumer Confidence at a Time of Coronavirus

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index fell sharply in March 2020, led by a nearly 20-point decline in the Expectations Index—among the largest one-month drops ever. Lynn Franco, Senior Director of Economic Indicators, explains how the rapid intensification of COVID-19 has fueled widespread uncertainty on the economy and jobs, and why March’s numbers are in line with a severe contraction—rather a temporary shock—and further declines are sure to follow.

12 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Consumer Confidence at a Time of Coronavirus

US Labor Shortages: Company Solutions

In the last part of this series based on our report “US Labor Shortages: Challenges and Solutions,” we discuss company solutions to the labor shortage problem. Besides raising wages, employers are attracting and retaining talent by: improving tactical recruitment efforts, making jobs more attractive, improving training and talent pipelines, and widening the talent pool by expanding target recruitment groups and relaxing hiring criteria. Automation has not substantially offset labor shortages.

20 MIN3 w ago
Comments
US Labor Shortages: Company Solutions

US Labor Shortages: Higher Wages and Dampening Profits

In part 2 of 3 of this series based on our report “US Labor Shortages: Challenges and Solutions,” we discuss the impact of higher wages on the labor market and corporate profits. Labor shortages for blue-collar and manual services occupations have led to faster wage gains for these workers. Stagnant wages for existing workers and rapid growth in new hire pay is leading to record pay compression—shrinking the wage premium for experience. Rising wages and slowing revenues are squeezing profits.

13 MINMAR. 4
Comments
US Labor Shortages: Higher Wages and Dampening Profits

Consumer Confidence holds strong and steady in February—with Coronavirus fears lurking

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index ticked up slightly in February, with further strengthening of expectations offsetting a pullback in consumers’ assessment of present conditions. The bottom line: American consumers remain historically confident—with their spending likely to drive continued economic growth through the first half of 2020. Could the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak—which escalated after our February survey — grow into the “black swan” that finally disrupts years of positi

11 MINFEB. 27
Comments
Consumer Confidence holds strong and steady in February—with Coronavirus fears lurking

US Labor Shortages: Why they are happening and the challenges they pose for companies

In part 1 of 3 of this series based on our report “US Labor Shortages: Challenges and Solutions,” we discuss why we’re seeing labor shortages and the implications for companies and workers. A perfect storm of labor market conditions is leading to fewer workers without a college degree. While companies hiring blue-collar and manual services workers are facing severe recruitment and retention problems, these workers are seeing rising wages, improved job satisfaction, and reduced wage inequality.

15 MINFEB. 26
Comments
US Labor Shortages: Why they are happening and the challenges they pose for companies

Coronavirus Outbreak: Global Economic Implications

The threat of trade wars has receded, but the coronavirus outbreak has added a new level of uncertainty to the global economic outlook. Will its effects be temporary, short term or beyond? Will its impact on China, the world’s second largest economy, reverberate across the globe? Find out in this podcast with subject matter experts from The Conference Board.

31 MINFEB. 12
Comments
Coronavirus Outbreak: Global Economic Implications

Special: Implications of China’s Coronavirus Outbreak for Global Business

The World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak an international public health emergency, acknowledging that the virus now represents a risk beyond China. How can organizations prepare for and manage the potential impact of this fast-moving, deadly outbreak? What are the short and long-term economic implications? How can companies respond to a major health outbreak from various functional perspectives?

19 MINFEB. 5
Comments
Special: Implications of China’s Coronavirus Outbreak for Global Business

Consumer Confidence: Impressive gains and election-year implications

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) strengthened further in January 2020. At 131.6 (1985=100), the top-line index is back within sight of all-time highs approached last summer. With the trade conflicts and minor recession scares of 2019 largely behind us, expect the American consumer to be the unchallenged driver ofeconomic growth through the first half of 2020—a full decade into the current expansion.

15 MINENE. 29
Comments
Consumer Confidence: Impressive gains and election-year implications

European Consumer Confidence Wavers Amid Increasing Economic, Political Uncertainties

Ilaria Maselli, Senior Economist for Europe at The Conference Board, gives us the latest Consumer Confidence Index results for Q4 of 2019 with a specific focus on the Euro Area.

12 MINENE. 23
Comments
European Consumer Confidence Wavers Amid Increasing Economic, Political Uncertainties

C-Suite Challenge 2020: The View of Risks and Opportunities in 2020

Co-authors Ilaria Maselli, Senior Economist for Europe at the Conference Board and Chuck Mitchell Executive Director, Knowledge Content & Quality at the Conference Board, discuss the findings of our latest C-Suite Challenge report. This report is one of a suite of knowledge offerings based on responses to the C-Suite Challenge 2020 survey, which asked CEOs and C-suite executives for their views on the external and internal stress points they face.

27 MINENE. 8
Comments
C-Suite Challenge 2020: The View of Risks and Opportunities in 2020
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