By Hal M. Bundrick NEW YORK ( MainStreet)--A slow and steady course of improvement is forecast for the U.S. economy, according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association's (SIFMA) Economic Advisory Roundtable. The analysts expect the economy to grow at a rate of 1.7% for the full-year 2013 and 2.6% in 2014. "Our Roundtable maintains their forecast for moderate economic growth for 2013 and 2014, with upside and downside drivers varied among respondents," says Kyle Brandon, managing director and director of research at SIFMA. "Generally, the continued housing recovery and low energy prices were seen as positive drivers of growth, while external factors such as Europe and emerging markets featured as the downside risks to the economy."
--Written by Hal M. Bundrick