This week on the Economic Report, we discuss:

  • Small Business Optimism takes a dip, possibly signalling a slowdown https://suppliertynews.com/2018/12/12/small-business-optimism-takes-a-dip-possibly-signalling-a-slowdown/
  • Banks Are Approving Small Business Loans at Rates Not Seen Since Before The Great Recession https://www.forbes.com/sites/rohitarora/2018/12/13/banks-are-approving-small-business-loans-at-rates-not-seen-since-before-the-great-recession/#3a36c89b5cbc
  • Trade War With China Hits Small Amazon Sellers https://smallbiztrends.com/2018/12/trade-war-impact-on-amazon-sellers.html
  • Now hiring: Ex-cons, drug users, and indebted grads https://www.axios.com/small-businesses-now-hiring-ex-cons-drug-users-indebted-grads-cf3124cf-820a-404d-bd12-9a6ca3b05498.html
  • Dow sheds more than 500 points on weaker economic outlook for China https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/dow-sheds-400-points-on-weaker-economic-outlook-for-china/2018/12/14/65228a78-ffa9-11e8-862a-b6a6f3ce8199_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.42293325d0b6
  • China buys US soybeans for first time since trade war https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46562384
  • Economic optimism plunges, yet consumers still plan to spend big over holidays: CNBC survey https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/13/economic-optimism-plunges-yet-consumers-still-plan-to-spend-big-over-holidays-cnbc-survey.html
  • Europe stocks end lower as global economy clouds darken https://www.marketwatch.com/story/europe-stocks-end-lower-as-global-economy-clouds-darken-2018-12-14