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  • Indications Podcast

    Indications is a public podcast featuring our global roster of thought leaders. Ranging from economic growth and competitiveness to human capital, governance, sustainability, and beyond, each episode is a serious conversation grounded in data and insights that will keep you ahead of the curve in a turbulent world.             



07 Apr. 2020 | Comments (0)
COVID-19 Crisis: Implications For The European Economy
In this episode of Indications, Ilaria Maselli (Senior Economist, Europe, The Conference Board) and Bart van Ark (Chief Economist, The Conference Board) discuss the outlook for the European economy in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak. They discuss how the current crisis compares to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-2009 and debate on what type of shock this is and what are the conditions that will contribute to a rebound.

31 Mar. 2020 | Comments (0)
Consumer Confidence at a Time of Coronavirus
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index fell sharply in March 2020, led by a nearly 20-point decline in the Expectations Index—among the largest one-month drops ever. Lynn Franco, Senior Director of Economic Indicators, explains how the rapid intensification of COVID-19 has fueled widespread uncertainty on the economy and jobs, and why March’s numbers are in line with a severe contraction—rather a temporary shock—and further declines are sure to follow.

11 Mar. 2020 | Comments (0)
US Labor Shortages: Company Solutions
In the last part of this series based on our report “US Labor Shortages: Challenges and Solutions,” we discuss company solutions to the labor shortage problem.

04 Mar. 2020 | Comments (0)
US Labor Shortages: Higher Wages and Dampening Profits
In part 2 of 3 of this series based on our report “US Labor Shortages: Challenges and Solutions,” we discuss the impact of higher wages on the labor market and corporate profits.

26 Feb. 2020 | Comments (0)
Consumer Confidence holds strong and steady in February—with Coronavirus fears lurking
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index ticked up slightly in February, with further strengthening of expectations offsetting a pullback in consumers’ assessment of present conditions. The bottom line: American consumers remain historically confident—with their spending likely to drive continued economic growth through the first half of 2020. Could the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak—which escalated globally after our February survey closed—grow into the “black swan” that finally di

26 Feb. 2020 | Comments (0)
US Labor Shortages: Why they are happening and the challenges they pose for companies
In part 1 of 3 of this series based on our report “US Labor Shortages: Challenges and Solutions,” we discuss why we’re seeing labor shortages and the implications for companies and workers.

11 Feb. 2020 | Comments (0)
Coronavirus Outbreak: Global Economic Implications
The threat of trade wars has receded, but the coronavirus outbreak has added a new level of uncertainty to the global economic outlook. Will its effects be temporary, short term or beyond? Will its impact on China, the world’s second largest economy, reverberate across the globe? Find out in this podcast with subject matter experts from The Conference Board.

28 Jan. 2020 | Comments (0)
US Consumer Confidence: Impressive gains and election-year implications
Expect the American consumer to be the unchallenged driver of economic growth through the first half of 2020—a full decade into the current expansion. Lynn Franco breaks down the forces behind this remarkable resilience. Then, she dives into the special relevance of our Consumer Confidence Index in presidential election years—including two simple data points that have historically predicted the reelection chances of incumbent presidents.

23 Jan. 2020 | Comments (0)
European Consumer Confidence Wavers Amid Increasing Economic, Political Uncertainties
Ilaria Maselli, Senior Economist for Europe at The Conference Board, gives us the latest Consumer Confidence Index results for Q4 of 2019 with a specific focus on the Euro Area.

08 Jan. 2020 | Comments (0)
C-Suite Challenge™ 2020: The View of Risks and Opportunities in 2020
Co-authors Ilaria Maselli, Senior Economist for Europe at the Conference Board and Chuck Mitchell Executive Director, Knowledge Content & Quality at the Conference Board, discuss the findings of our latest C-Suite Challenge report.

22 Nov. 2019 | Comments (0)
The Geopolitical Impact On Tomorrow’s Global Economy
Bart van Ark sits down with George Friedman, Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, to discuss how the geopolitical climate will affect the global economy in 2020. How has economic dysfunction and social instability from the 2008 financial crisis influenced today’s economy? How large is the exposure for importing nations versus exporting nations? How has the rise of technology contributed to social and economic inequality?

17 Oct. 2019 | Comments (0)
Consumers think it's a good time to spend - Q3 update on consumer confidence in Europe
In this podcast, Ilaria Maselli (Senior Economist) and Margaret Murphy (Manager Webcast Programme) deep dive into the quarter 3 results for Europe of The Global Consumer Confidence Index by The Conference Board and Nielsen. They also discuss specific countries of interest, as well as preferences and concerns of European consumers.

07 Oct. 2019 | Comments (0)
Global Consumer Confidence: Despite Rising Anxieties, Consumers Remain Steadfast (Q3 2019)
The discrepancy between how CEOs view economic prospects (gradually worse) and how consumers continue to feel economically (positive overall) has never been bigger. Which markets have gained and lost confidence the most since the previous quarter? What consumer concern has grown the most? What can we expect for the road ahead? Find out in this conversation featuring The Conference Board’s Chief Economist, Bart van Ark, and Denise Dahlhoff, Senior Researcher focused on consumer topics.

17 Jul. 2019 | Comments (0)
Consumer Confidence Goes Up in Europe in Quarter 2
In this podcast, Ilaria Maselli (Senior Economist) and Derek Servais (senior digital media and IT specialist) deep dive into the quarter 2 results for Europe of The Global Consumer Confidence Index by The Conference Board and Nielsen. They also discuss specific countries of interest, such as: Germany, France, Italy, Turkey and the UK.

08 Jul. 2019 | Comments (0)
Consumer Confidence and Spending Behavior Across the World: Q2 2019 findings
The Conference Board’s Chief Economist Bart van Ark and Senior Researcher Denise Dahlhoff discuss results from the Q2 2019 run of The Conference Board Global Consumer Confidence Survey, a collaboration with Nielsen. Findings include developments regarding consumer confidence, consumers’ spending on certain categories, and their top concerns.

10 May. 2019 | Comments (0)
Indications 2.10: Latin America: Opportunity in Uncertainty
Latin America is a vast, diverse region in flux, with economic prospects varying immensely from country to country—and month to month. In this episode, Chief Economist Bart van Ark and an expert panel tour the latest developments from Cape Horn to the US border. Learn how political pressures, natural resource dependence, exports and trade policy, and security and safety concerns are playing out in individual markets—and why there’s reason for optimism across the region as a whole.

16 Apr. 2019 | Comments (0)
Indications 2.9: The Global Consumer Confidence Index
The Conference Board, in conjunction with Nielsen, has formally launched our latest economic indicator. The Global Consumer Confidence Index takes the temperature of consumers in 64 markets around the world—including how, what, and where they intend to spend in the months ahead.

02 Apr. 2019 | Comments (0)
Indications 2.8: Debt, Denial, and Modern Monetary Theory
According to the IMF, total debt worldwide—including government, consumer, financial, and non-financial sources—now amounts to $185 trillion, or some 2.25 times the size of global GDP. A generation ago, the ratio stood at just 1:1. But despite this rapid rise in leverage, the traditional dangers of government debt in particular—soaring inflation and interest rates—have yet to materialize.

29 Mar. 2019 | Comments (0)
Indications 2.7: Is US Consumer Confidence Waning?
After a 7.3-point drop in March 2019, consumer confidence now stands at 124.1. Consumers’ appraisal of the present situation has taken an especially big hit. Is this an expected moderation or an early warning of impeding recession?

31 Jan. 2019 | Comments (0)
Indications 2.6. Taking the Temperature of the Global Consumer
Around the world, business leaders are growing increasingly nervous about 2019 growth prospects. Are consumers following suit? Ultimately, the answer will come down to job availability, income growth incomes, and the purchasing power of their hard-earned money.

13 Nov. 2018 | Comments (0)
Podcast: Corporate Philanthropy Futures with Jason Saul (Mission Measurement) & Arlene Isaacs-Lowe (Moody's)
In Part 3 of a special podcast series, Jason Saul, Founder and CEO of Mission Measurement, and Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, President of the Moody's Foundation, explore where new technologies, priorities, and thinking are likely to take corporate citizenship in the years and decades ahead.

13 Nov. 2018 | Comments (0)
Podcast: Corporate Philanthropy Priorities with Tim McClimon (American Express) & Dan Cardinali (Independent Sector)
In Part 2 of a special podcast series, Tim McClimon, President of the American Express Foundation, and Dan Cardinali, President and CEO of Independent Sector, survey the current corporate citizenship landscape—and the growing need for partnership across the corporate and non-profit sectors.

13 Nov. 2018 | Comments (0)
Podcast: Corporate Philanthropy Evolution with Martha Herrera (CEMEX) & Jenny Lawson (Points of Lights)
In Part 1 of a special podcast series, Martha Herrera, Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at CEMEX, and Jenny Lawson, President of Points of Light, reflect on the rapid evolution of corporate philanthropy in recent decades—and what these past transformations portend for the future.

19 Oct. 2018 | Comments (0)
Indications 2.2. Drilling down on oil prices: Back to $40 or on to $100?
Oil broke $70 a barrel for the first time in four years in January and hasn't receded since. Most experts predict it'll remain between $70 and $85 in the near term. But any sense of stability or consensus is deceiving. A witches' brew of volatile, complicated, and often countervailing global forces has been the real story of oil prices in 2018—and likely the only safe bet for 2019 as well.

21 Aug. 2018 | Comments (0)
Indications 2.1: Are we missing the productivity revival?
While economists and policymakers keep racking their brains to crack the past decade's "productivity paradox", a return to an era of faster productivity growth may already be happening, right before our eyes.