Insights #11: The sooner the better: How quickly can we learn about the economic profitability of publicly-listed companies?
High quality data that is available fast and for a broad set of countries is hard to come by. Yet, it can be essential for improving economic forecasts and for assessing economic health at time of acute stress. This analysis shows that, for most countries in our sample, the data needed to meaningfully track economy-wide economic profit and corporate distress metrics is available just 45 days after a quarter ends. This is true for all European and North American economies plus Indonesia, Brazil, Singapore, and India. For the United States and Sweden enough data is available after just 30 days.