New index fills gap for middle-market economy

BVWireIssue #163-1
April 6, 2016

U.S. middle-market business conditions are at 116.6 in the first quarter of 2016, a 1.4% uptick from the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the inaugural edition of the “RSM Middle Market Business Index” (MMBI). Developed in partnership with Moody's Analytics, the index is designed to reflect business conditions in the U.S. middle market, while providing a statistically significant measure of the health and outlook for these businesses. The middle-market segment of the U.S. economy represents more than 200,000 companies, 40 million jobs, and one-third of private-sector gross receipts, according to RSM. The national accounting firm says that, up until now, there has been no comprehensive index for the middle market and it plans to publish updated MMBI data quarterly.

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