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Spring 2018


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Welcome to Beaconomics, a forecast for the United States and California economies.

This succinct, quarterly outlook delivers up-to-date analysis of leading indicators driving the state and national economies, including GDP growth, employment, housing and commercial real estate markets, taxable sales, international trade, and more.


Both Growth and Turbulence Expected in 2018

The U.S. economy was a smooth-running machine in 2017, and despite ongoing political upheavals and recent financial market turmoil, should continue to grow in 2018, perhaps even more robustly.

GDP growth in the first quarter of this year will likely be subdued – coming in below 2% when the final estimates are released next month – but based on an anticipated acceleration in business investment, growth for the year overall is expected to match or exceed 2017’s performance. 

“We’ve already seen a pick-up in business spending driven by tight labor markets and the need for labor saving investments” said Christopher Thornberg, Founding Partner of Beacon Economics and one of Beaconomics' authors “The tax cuts that were put into place this year, and the surge in spending in the new Federal budget will...



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