St. Louis Financial Stress Index – August 30, 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.  For reference purposes, the most recent chart is seen below.  This chart was last updated on August 30, incorporating data from December 31,1993 to August 24, … Read moreSt. Louis Financial Stress Index – August 30, 2012 Update

Long-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – August 24, 2012 Update

As I stated in my July 12, 2010 post (“ECRI WLI Growth History“): For a variety of reasons, I am not as enamored with ECRI’s WLI and WLI Growth measures as many are. However, I do think the measures are important and deserve close monitoring and scrutiny. The movement of the ECRI WLI and WLI, … Read moreLong-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – August 24, 2012 Update

Durable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through July 2012

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 July, last updated on August 24.  This value is 230,733 ($ Millions) : (click on charts … Read moreDurable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through July 2012

St. Louis Financial Stress Index – August 23, 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.  For reference purposes, the most recent chart is seen below.  This chart was last updated on August 23, incorporating data from December 31,1993 to August 17, … Read moreSt. Louis Financial Stress Index – August 23, 2012 Update

Updates On Economic Indicators August 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 August Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI)(pdf) updated as of August 20, 2012: – The USA TODAY/IHS Global Insight Economic Outlook Index: An excerpt from the July 19 update titled “Index … Read moreUpdates On Economic Indicators August 2012

Walmart’s Q2 2013 Results – Comments

I found various notable items in Walmart’s Q2 2013 earnings call transcript (pdf) dated August 16, 2012.  I view Walmart’s results and comments as particularly noteworthy given their retail prominence and focus on low prices.  I have previously commented on their quarterly conference call comments; these previous posts are found under the “paycheck to paycheck” tag. Here are various excerpts … Read moreWalmart’s Q2 2013 Results – Comments

Long-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – August 17, 2012 Update

As I stated in my July 12, 2010 post (“ECRI WLI Growth History“): For a variety of reasons, I am not as enamored with ECRI’s WLI and WLI Growth measures as many are. However, I do think the measures are important and deserve close monitoring and scrutiny. The movement of the ECRI WLI and WLI, … Read moreLong-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – August 17, 2012 Update

St. Louis Financial Stress Index – August 16, 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.  For reference purposes, the most recent chart is seen below.  This chart was last updated on August 16, incorporating data from December 31,1993 to August 10, … Read moreSt. Louis Financial Stress Index – August 16, 2012 Update

Building Financial Danger – August 16, 2012 Update

On October 17, 2011 I wrote a post titled “Danger Signs In The Stock Market, Financial System And Economy.”  This post is a brief 15th update to that post. My overall analysis indicates a continuing elevated and growing level of danger which contains  many worldwide and U.S.-specific “stresses” of a very complex nature. I have written numerous … Read moreBuilding Financial Danger – August 16, 2012 Update