Increased Productivity Boosts Profits Margins

Increased Productivity Boosts Profits Margins When a company increases productivity, it makes more products without increasing costs. Higher productivity can improve the company’s profit margin and total profits. During this business cycle, productivity has increased at an average rate of 1.3% year-over-year. But productivity has been cut in half since the previous business cycle. You…

S&P 500 Operating Margins

S&P 500 Operating Margins The profitability of S&P 500 companies seems to have peaked. Image: Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

ISM Manufacturing PMI and S&P 500 Operating Margin

ISM Manufacturing PMI and S&P 500 Operating Margin The Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index has peaked. Will S&P 500 operating profit margins roll over? Image: Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

After-Tax Corporate Profits as a Share of GDP

After-Tax Corporate Profits as a Share of GDP Profit margins have risen sharply to an all-time high in the third quarter of 2021. Image: Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research

Global Nominal GDP and Corporate Profits

Global Nominal GDP and Corporate Profits This chart shows the correlation and the slowdown in global growth and corporate profits. Historically, margin pressures have preceded the start of recessions. Image: J.P. Morgan