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ACH Growth Hits 12-Year High

ACH growth is at a 12-year high after huge improvements in 2019. The ACH Network saw nearly 25 billion payments last year, an almost 8% jump from 2018. The total value of the payments was nearly $56 trillion, which is an increase of nearly 9% from the previous year. Business-to-business (B2B) transactions also continued to climb in 2019. B2B paymen...
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Construction Spending Dips in December

Construction spending declined slightly to end 2019. According to the Census Bureau, December spending dipped 0.2% below the revised November estimate. However, construction spending in December was 5% above that of December 2018. "A solid gain in residential spending was not enough to offset a drop in nonresidential," states a release from Wells F...
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China Combats Coronavirus by ‘Supplying Cash to Money Markets’

Since the first reports of the outbreak in January, the coronavirus continues to take a toll on the Chinese economy and, in turn, the global economy. On Feb. 3, The New York Times (NYT) cited statistics from Oxford Economics, predicting China's economic growth to fall from last year's 6.1% to 5.6% in 2020. By all accounts, such a dramatic decline w...
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CMI Begins 2020 with a Bang

The Credit Managers' Index (CMI) is off to an overwhelming start to 2020. While other indices such as the purchasing managers' index are down to begin the new year, the CMI rebounded in January from a down December to reach a nearly three-year high. "Given that credit managers tend to think in the future, this month's good data may be seen as a har...
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Evolved Email Scam Threatens Companies’ Vendors

Attention all credit professionals! By now, the majority of you are at least familiar with the business email compromise (BEC) scam used by fraudsters to gain access to company information—usually finances—in the guise of an email from a fellow employee, e.g., manager, CEO, etc. However, scammers are no longer just after companies; they after compa...
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Low Mortgage Rates Help Struggling New Home Sales

Low mortgages rates are the only factor holding up the U.S. housing market after reports of declining new single-family home sales in December. On Jan. 27, Reuters reported details from the Commerce Department that showed new homes sales dropped nearly half a percent last month, continuing the consecutive decline that began in October.December's 0....
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Existing-Home Sales Skyrocket in December

Existing-home sales improved to a near two-year high in December. Sales jumped 3.6% from November, according to data released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) earlier this week. Total sales, which include single-family homes, townhomes, condos and co-ops, increased 3.6% to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.54 million. Sales are up nearly...
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Builder Confidence Holds 20-Year High, Despite January Dip

Following January's slight dip in newly built single-family home builders' confidence, economists are optimistic about future home building gains given the latest readings are at their highest in 20 years. Builder confidence readings in December and January were last seen in July 1999, the latter's score inching one point lower to 75.According to t...
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Housing Starts Hit 13-Year High

Privately-owned housing starts exploded in December to a 13-year high. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Census Bureau, housing starts increased 16.9% in December above November's revised estimate. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,608,000 is nearly 41% better than December 2018. "The big jump in the last month...
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Nonresidential Construction Employment Ends 2019 on a High Note

The nonresidential construction sector ended 2019 with a bang, adding 20,000 net new jobs—an increase of more than 150,000 jobs (2%) compared to the prior year.In a month-over-month (MoM) analysis by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the data revealed an employment increase of 16,700 jobs last month, most notably in nonresidential specialt...
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Dodge Momentum Index Continues Rise

The Dodge Momentum Index continued to rise as 2019 came to a close. The construction-spending indicator released by Dodge Data & Analytics improved 1.5% in December to a reading of 156.2. December was the fourth-straight month of increases. For the full year, the Index was 3.7% below the 2018 average, but the institutional and commercial compon...
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Outsource or Offshore Your Credit Team? NACM Wants to Hear from You

Do you outsource or offshore your credit team at your company? If so, NACM's editorial team would like to hear from you as part of a research initiative for an upcoming article in ​Business Credit​ magazine.Please take this quick survey to help us reach you:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5252HPRIf you would like to participate, you may al...
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Single-Family Housing Hit Hard in 2010s

As a decade ends, another begins, but that isn't to say there aren't lessons to learn. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the 2010s stands out to the construction industry because of the drastic drop in single-family home production, down from 12.3 million units in the 2000s to 6.8 in the 2010s. The decline is even more ...
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Construction Spending Increases in November

Construction spending is on the rise as data for 2019 continues to flow in the new year. According to the Census Bureau, spending reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.324 trillion in November 2019, up 0.6% from the previous month. This is also more than 4% higher than November 2018, and it's the best November showing on record, dating ba...
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New Home Sales Increase After Downward Revision

New single-family home sales are on the rise after the previous month's rate was revised downward. The Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development announced earlier this week new home sales in November were at a seasonally adjusted rate of 719,000, up 1.3% from October. Year-to-year, sales were up 16.9% from November 2018's estima...
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Existing-Home Sales Fall Flat in November

Existing-home sales fell flat in November despite the anticipated decline. Economists predicted sales would slip 0.2% in November, according to Reuters, but they actually dropped eight times more than expected. Existing-home sales took a 1.7% step back, states the National Association of Realtors (NAR). However, sales are still up 2.7% from a year ...
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Inflation Remains Low, US Economy Still Strong

The Chicago Federal Reserve released its analysis of the U.S. economy Dec. 18, noting favorable outcomes but stating inflation rates remain "worrisomely low," according to an article in Reuters. The labor market and the consumers conversely are "remarkably well" in contrast to inflation.Monetary policy, similarly, is in a "good place," which likely...
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Construction Material Prices Largely a ‘Nonissue’ for Contractors

As 2019 comes to a close, contractors are enjoying the ongoing decline in construction input prices, which decreased half of a percent in November. According to Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and their chief economist, Anirban Basu, material prices are "a nonissue" for contractors, despite trade disputes and tariffs.ABC reported not only...
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Holiday Spending Still with Much to Prove

With the holiday season upon us, spending is ramping up; however, retail spending did not hit predicted marks. According to the Census Bureau, retail and food services sales increased 0.2% in November and are 3.3% ahead of November 2018. Economists expected retail sales to increase by 0.5% in November, according to Reuters. Despite this, NACM Econo...
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Fed Keeps Interest Rates Steady

Interest rates will continue to remain steady, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve. Borrowing costs will likely stay unchanged for an indefinite period of time. While 2020 brings a new presidential election, the Fed predicts the new year will see moderate economic growth and low unemployment.The lending rate sits between 1.5% and 1.75%, some of t...
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