Durable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through December 2011

Many people place emphasis on Durable Goods New Orders as a prominent economic indicator and/or leading economic indicator. For reference, here are a few charts depicting this measure. First, from the St. Louis Fed site (FRED), a chart through December, last updated on January 26.  This December value is 214,522 ($ Millions) : – Here … Read moreDurable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through December 2011

Ben Bernanke’s January 25, 2012 Press Conference – Notable Aspects

On Wednesday, January 25, Ben Bernanke gave his scheduled press conference. Here are Ben Bernanke’s comments I found most notable, although I don’t necessarily agree with them.  These comments are excerpted from the “Transcript of Chairman Bernanke’s Press Conference“(preliminary)(pdf) of January 25, 2012, with accompanying economic projections (pdf). Bernanke’s responses as indicated to the various … Read moreBen Bernanke’s January 25, 2012 Press Conference – Notable Aspects

Updates On Economic Indicators January 2012

Here is an update on various indicators that are supposed to predict and/or depict economic activity.  These indicators have been discussed in previous blog posts: The January Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI)(pdf) updated as of January 26, 2012: – The USA TODAY/IHS Global Insight Economic Outlook Index: An excerpt from the January 3 update titled “Index … Read moreUpdates On Economic Indicators January 2012

Conference Board CEO Confidence 4Q 2011 – Notable Excerpts

On January 10, The Conference Board released its 4th Quarter CEO Confidence Survey.   The overall measure of CEO Confidence was at 49, up from 42 in the third quarter. Notable excerpts from this January 10 Press Release include: Says Lynn Franco, Director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center: “The bounce back in CEO Confidence in … Read moreConference Board CEO Confidence 4Q 2011 – Notable Excerpts

The State of the Union Address – Notable Excerpts

I found President Obama’s State of the Union Address last night to contain some noteworthy comments.  While I could comment extensively on many parts of the speech, for now I will indicate excerpts that I found most relevant, and may comment upon them at a future point.  I am highlighting these excerpts for many reasons; it should … Read moreThe State of the Union Address – Notable Excerpts

misc. note

Just a quick administrative note… For those unaware, I maintain a separate site that mirrors all of the blog posts found on this site.   This second site can be accessed should there be problems accessing this site. Here is the link to this second site: http://economicgreenfield.blogspot.com/

PPI,CPI & Profit Margin Trends – January 2012 Update

In various past posts I have written of the challenges businesses face in pricing, given today’s economic environment.  One aspect that I mentioned in the December 16, 2010 and April 25, 2011 posts was how the PPI (Producer Price Index) growth was significantly outpacing that of the CPI. Since those posts, this PPI-CPI growth rate issue has remained notable.  … Read morePPI,CPI & Profit Margin Trends – January 2012 Update

Deloitte “CFO Signals” Report 4Q 2011 – Notable Aspects

Recently Deloitte released their “CFO Signals” report for 4th Quarter 2011. As seen in page 2 of the full (pdf) report, “Eighty four CFOs responded during the two weeks ended November 29.  Over 70% are from public companies, and over 75% are from companies with more than $1B in annual revenue.” Here are some excerpts that … Read moreDeloitte “CFO Signals” Report 4Q 2011 – Notable Aspects

St. Louis Financial Stress Index – January 19, 2012 Update

On March 28, 2011 I wrote a post (“The STLFSI“) about the  STLFSI (St. Louis Fed’s Financial Stress Index) which is supposed to measure stress in the financial system.  Here is the most recent chart.  This chart was last updated on January 19, incorporating data from 12-31-93 to 1-13-12 on a weekly basis.  The present … Read moreSt. Louis Financial Stress Index – January 19, 2012 Update