Median Household Income Chart

I have written many blog posts concerning the worrisome trends in income and earnings.

Doug Short, in his July 28, 2014 post titled “Real Median Household Income Rose .69 Percent in June” produced the chart below.  It is based upon data from Sentier Research, and it shows both nominal and real median household incomes since 2000, as depicted.  As one can see, post-recession real median household income (seen in the blue line since 2009) is especially worrisome.

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median household income

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As Doug mentions in his aforementioned blog post:

As the excellent data from Sentier Research makes clear, the mainstream U.S. household was struggling before the Great Recession. At this point, real household incomes are in worse shape than they were four years ago when the recession ended.

Among other items seen in his blog post is a chart depicting each of the two (nominal and real household incomes) data series’ percent change over time since 2000.

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The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1978.91 as this post is written

The S&P500 Vs. The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index – July 28, 2014

Starting on May 3, 2010 I have written posts concerning the notable divergence that has occurred between the S&P500 and Chinese (Shanghai Composite) stock markets.

The chart below illustrates this divergence; it shows the S&P500 vs. the Shanghai Composite on a daily basis, since 2006:

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SPX vs. Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index

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It is notable that the Shanghai Composite led the SPX (S&P500) significantly in late ’08 – early ’09, yet it has been (generally) declining since that time.

I continue to find this divergence between the S&P500 and Shanghai Composite to be notable and disconcerting, on an “all things considered” basis.

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The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1980.25 as this post is written

Durable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through June 2014

Many people place emphasis on Durable Goods New Orders as a prominent economic indicator and/or leading economic indicator.

For reference, below are charts depicting this measure.

First, from the St. Louis Fed site (FRED), a chart through June, last updated on July 25, 2014.  This value is 239,917 ($ Millions) :

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Durable Goods New Orders

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Here is the chart depicting this measure on a “Percentage Change from a Year Ago” basis:

Durable Goods New Orders Percent Change From Year Ago

Data Source: FRED, Federal Reserve Economic Data, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: Manufacturers’ New Orders:  Durable Goods [DGORDER]; U.S. Department of Commerce: Census Bureau; accessed July 25, 2014;

http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/DGORDER

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I post various indicators and indices because I believe they should be carefully monitored.  However, as those familiar with this blog are aware, I do not necessarily agree with what they depict or imply.

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The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1978.18 as this post is written

Trends Of S&P500 Earnings Forecasts

S&P500 earnings trends and estimates are a notably important topic, for a variety of reasons, at this point in time.

FactSet publishes a report titled “Earnings Insight” that contains a variety of information including the trends and expectations of S&P500 earnings.

For reference purposes, here are two charts as seen in the “Earnings Insight” (pdf) report of July 18, 2014:

from page 19:

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CY Bottom-Up EPS vs. Top-Down Mean EPS (Trailing 26-Weeks) 

S&P500 EPS trends

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from page 20:

Calendar Year Bottom-Up EPS Actuals & Estimates

S&P500 annual earnings 2000-2015

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I post various economic forecasts because I believe they should be carefully monitored.  However, as those familiar with this blog are aware, I do not agree with many of the consensus estimates and much of the commentary in these forecast surveys.

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The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1989.68 as this post is written

S&P500 Earnings Estimates For Years 2014 Through 2017

As many are aware, Thomson Reuters publishes earnings estimates for the S&P500.  (My other posts concerning S&P earnings estimates can be found under the S&P500 Earnings tag)

The following estimates are from Exhibit 12 of “The Director’s Report” (pdf) of July 23, 2014, and represent an aggregation of individual S&P500 component “bottom up” analyst forecasts:

Year 2014 estimate:

$119.34/share

Year 2015 estimate:

$133.66/share

Year 2016 estimate:

$148.27/share

Year 2017 estimate:

$138.00/share

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I post various economic forecasts because I believe they should be carefully monitored.  However, as those familiar with this blog are aware, I do not agree with many of the consensus estimates and much of the commentary in these forecast surveys.

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The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1989.28 as this post is written

Chicago Fed National Financial Conditions Index (NFCI)

The St. Louis Fed’s Financial Stress Index (STLFSI) is one index that is supposed to measure stress in the financial system.  Its reading as of the July 17, 2014 update (reflecting data through July 11) is -1.350.

Of course, there are a variety of other measures and indices that are supposed to measure financial stress and other related issues, both from the Federal Reserve as well as from private sources.

Two other indices that I regularly monitor include the Chicago Fed National Financial Conditions Index (NFCI) as well as the Chicago Fed Adjusted National Financial Conditions Index (ANFCI).

Here are summary descriptions of each, as seen in FRED:

The National Financial Conditions Index (NFCI) measures risk, liquidity and leverage in money markets and debt and equity markets as well as in the traditional and “shadow” banking systems. Positive values of the NFCI indicate financial conditions that are tighter than average, while negative values indicate financial conditions that are looser than average.

The adjusted NFCI (ANFCI). This index isolates a component of financial conditions uncorrelated with economic conditions to provide an update on how financial conditions compare with current economic conditions.

For further information, please visit the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s web site:

http://www.chicagofed.org/webpages/publications/nfci/index.cfm

Below are the most recently updated charts of the NFCI and ANFCI, respectively.

The NFCI chart below was last updated on July 23, incorporating data from January 5,1973 to July 18, 2014, on a weekly basis.  The July 18, 2014 value is -.99:

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NFCI 7-23-14 update

Data Source: FRED, Federal Reserve Economic Data, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; accessed July 23, 2014:

http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/NFCI

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The ANFCI chart below was last updated on July 23, incorporating data from January 5,1973 to July 18, 2014, on a weekly basis.  The July 18, 2014 value is -.39:

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ANFCI 7-23-14 update

Data Source: FRED, Federal Reserve Economic Data, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; accessed July 23, 2014:

http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/ANFCI

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I post various indicators and indices because I believe they should be carefully monitored.  However, as those familiar with this blog are aware, I do not necessarily agree with what they depict or imply.

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The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1988.35 as this post is written

Current Economic Situation

With regard to our current economic situation, my thoughts can best be described/summarized by the posts found under the 38 “Building Financial Danger” posts.

My thoughts concerning our ongoing economic situation – with future implications – can be seen on the page titled “A Special Note On Our Economic Situation,” which has been found near the bottom of every blog post since August 15, 2010.

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The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1988.41 as this post is written

Standard & Poor’s S&P500 Earnings Estimates For 2014 & 2015 – As Of July 17, 2014

As many are aware, Standard & Poor’s publishes earnings estimates for the S&P500.  (My posts concerning their estimates can be found under the S&P500 Earnings tag)

For reference purposes, the most current estimates are reflected below, and are as of July 17, 2014:

Year 2014 estimates add to the following:

-From a “bottom up” perspective, operating earnings of $120.07/share

-From a “top down” perspective, operating earnings of N/A

-From a “top down” perspective, “as reported” earnings of $109.67/share

Year 2015 estimates add to the following:

-From a “bottom up” perspective, operating earnings of $136.01/share

-From a “top down” perspective, operating earnings of $136.03/share

-From a “top down” perspective, “as reported” earnings of $131.80/share

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I post various economic forecasts because I believe they should be carefully monitored.  However, as those familiar with this blog are aware, I do not agree with many of the consensus estimates and much of the commentary in these forecast surveys.

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The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1983.53 as this post is written

Long-Term Historical Charts Of The DJIA, Dow Jones Transportation Average, S&P500, And Nasdaq Composite

StockCharts.com maintains long-term historical charts of various major stock market indices, interest rates, currencies, commodities, and economic indicators.

As a long-term reference, below are charts depicting various stock market indices for the dates shown.  All charts are depicted on a monthly basis using a LOG scale.

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The DJIA, from 1900-July 18, 2014:

Dow Jones Industrial Average since 1900

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The Dow Jones Transportation Average, from 1900-July 18, 2014:

Dow Jones Transportation Average since 1900

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The S&P500, from 1925-July 18, 2014:

S&P500 since 1925

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The Nasdaq Composite, from 1978-July 18, 2014:

Nasdaq Composite since 1978

 

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The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1984.34 as this post is written

Updates Of Economic Indicators July 2014

Here is an update of various indicators that are supposed to predict and/or depict economic activity. These indicators have been discussed in previous blog posts:

The July 2014 Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI)(pdf) updated as of July 21, 2014:

CFNAI MA-3 July 2014

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The ECRI WLI (Weekly Leading Index):

As of July 18, 2014 (incorporating data through July 11, 2014) the WLI was at 135.2 and the WLI, Gr. was at 4.2%.

Here is a chart of the ECRI WLI,Gr., from Doug Short’s July, 2014 post titled “ECRI Recession Watch:  Weekly Update” :

Dshort 7-18-14 - ECRI-WLI-growth-since-2000 4.2

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The Aruoba-Diebold-Scotti Business Conditions (ADS) Index:

Here is the latest chart, depicting the ADS Index from July 12, 2012 through June 12, 2014:

ADS Index

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The Conference Board Leading (LEI) and Coincident (CEI) Economic Indexes:

As per the July 18, 2014 press release, the LEI was at 102.2 and the CEI was at 109.2 in June.

An excerpt from the July 18 release:

“The CEI shows the pace of economic activity continued to expand moderately through June,” said Ken Goldstein, Economist at The Conference Board. “Stronger consumer demand driven by sustained job gains and improving confidence remains the main source of improvement for the U.S. economy. In addition to a stronger housing market, more business investment could also provide an upside to the overall economy.”

Here is a chart of the LEI from Doug Short’s blog post of July 18 titled “Conference Board Leading Economic Index:  Fifth Monthly Increase“ :

Conference Board LEI

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I post various indicators and indices because I believe they should be carefully monitored.  However, as those familiar with this blog are aware, I do not necessarily agree with what they depict or imply.

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The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1974.20 as this post is written