- For the seventh time in the past eight months the Rural Mainstreet Index remained above growth neutral.
- Bankers reported that approximately one in 10 farm operating loans from 2018 were not repaid and were rolled into 2019 loans.
- Less than half of bank CEOs think the Federal Reserve should reduce short-term interest rates at its July meetings.
- Almost nine of 10 bankers reported that tariffs and trade skirmishes have had, or will have, a negative impact on their local economy.
Overall: The overall index fell to 50.2 from 53.2 in June. This is the seventh time in the past eight months that the index has remained above growth neutral. The index ranges between 0 and 100 with 50.0 representing growth neutral, and an RMI below the growth neutral threshold. 50.0, indicates negative growth for the month.
“Higher agriculture commodity prices and rebuilding from recent floods supported the Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) for the month. Furthermore, almost nine of 10 bankers reported tariffs and trade skirmishes have had, or will have, a negative impact on their local economy. This is up from eight of 10 recorded last September,” said Ernie Goss, PhD, Jack A. MacAllister Chair in Regional Economics at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business.