The United States: Some economists are concerned that eroding corporate profit margins can push the US into recession.
Asia-Pacific: Japanese companies do not have the leverage issue seen in much of the developed world.
China: The renminbi has been whipsawed by trade-related news.
Equities: US equities tend to perform well during ISM (Institute for Supply Management) contractions that do not result in a recession.
Credit: There has been an uptick in US corporate defaults over the past three quarters.
Food for Thought: The percentage of Americans who spend more than 10% of their incomes on health premiums:
Edited by Daniel Moskovits
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