In the next two posts, I am going to display various charts that I find disturbing. These charts would be disturbing at any point in the economic cycle; that they depict such a tenuous situation now – 18 months after the official (as per the 9-20-10 NBER announcement) June 2009 end of the recession – is especially notable.
Many more such charts exist, unfortunately. I regularly discuss many troubling characteristics of our economy in this EconomicGreenfield.com blog.
As well, I find many aspects of the financial markets to be problematical. These aspects are frequently discussed.
All of these charts are from The Federal Reserve, and represent the most recently updated data. I especially find these charts valuable as they depict our current situation in a longer-term historical context.
Charts in this post are from the St. Louis Federal Reserve. Here are the charts:
(click on charts to enlarge images)
Housing starts (last updated 12-16-10):
The Federal Deficit (last updated 10-18-10):
Federal Net Outlays (last updated 10-18-10):
State & Local Personal Income Tax Receipts (% Change from Year Ago)(last updated 7-30-10):
Total Loans and Leases of Commercial Banks (% Change from Year Ago)(last updated 1-10-11):
Bank Credit – All Commercial Banks (Percent Change from Year Ago)(last updated 1-10-11):
M1 Money Multiplier (last updated 1-6-11):
Now, onto Part II – unemployment and output…
A Special Note concerning our economic situation is found here
SPX at 1283.76 as this post is written