The Gross Domestic Product of the U.S. grew at 2.7 percent during the 3rd quarter, the highest return this year. GDP is the best and broadest measure of economic conditions. The U.S. economy growth was primarily due to three factors: government spending, inventory purchases from companies and exports. While this is good news, there are serious concerns that the reasons for this growth are not sustainable and we will therefore see the current quarter and upcoming quarters underperform. Hurricane Sandy has lead to a significant disruption in business operations, will which impact growth this quarter. Uncertainty over the fiscal cliff has lead many businesses to cutback on spending, and weakness in foreign markets may hurt exports.