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Forecasting Profit Trends in the Economy

Robert T. Koehler
Business Economics
Vol. 6, No. 4 (September 1971), pp. 33-35
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23480608
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Forecasting Profit Trends in the Economy
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Abstract

A regression model for forecasting general profit trends in the economy utilizes a "lead indicator" approach and thus eliminates the necessity of making various "assumptions" concerning the forecast period. By using as the independent variables changes in money supply, bond yields, inventories, unemployment, and consumer prices, this regression shows an R² of 54% in estimating the change in profits two quarters out.

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