Hidden Message in GDP
Often in economics breaking down a whole into its components tells a unique story. While overall GDP appears to be at or above potential, some of its components suggest continued growth.​

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  • ​When businesses and consumers are confident, they tend to make discretionary, long-term investments in things like new plants and equipment on the corporate side or new houses and remodeling projects on the consumer side.

  • These investments or cyclical components of GDP (business investment, residential investment and consumer durables) are still quite depressed even after nearly a decade of expansion. Their relatively low levels indicate potentially more investment to come.

  • These investments, which have historically climbed much higher prior to economic peaks, may drive economic growth going forward and corporate earnings as well. These components tell a more bullish story than the representation of GDP as a whole.


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