Monthly Archives: October 2012

House Prices Reference Chart

As a reference for long-term house price index trends, below is a chart, updated through the August data, from the CalculatedRisk blog post of October 30 titled “House Price Comments, Real House Prices, Price-to-Rent Ratio” :

(click on chart to enlarge image)

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The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1411.94 as this post is written

Velocity Of Money – Charts Updated Through October 26, 2012

Here are three charts from the St. Louis Fed depicting the velocity of money in terms of the MZM, M1 and M2 money supply measures.

All charts reflect quarterly data through the third quarter of 2012, and were last updated as of October 26, 2012.  As one can see, two of the three measures are at all-time lows:

Velocity of MZM Money Stock, current value = 1.418 :

Velocity of M1 Money Stock, current value = 6.732 :

Velocity of M2 Money Stock, current value = 1.568 :

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The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1411.94 as this post is written

Long-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – October 26, 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, Gr. is particularly notable at this time, as ECRI publicly announced on September 30, 2011 that the U.S. was “tipping into recession,” and ECRI has reaffirmed that view since, most recently in a September 13 release titled “The 2012 Recession:  Are We There Yet?” and September 13 Bloomberg video titled “Recession Update.”

Other past notable 2012 reaffirmations of the September 30, 2011 recession call by ECRI were seen (in chronological order)  on March 15 (“Why Our Recession Call Stands”) as well as various interviews and statements the week of May 6, including:

Also, subsequent to May 2012:

Below are three long-term charts, from Doug Short’s blog post of October 26 titled “ECRI Weekly Leading Index:  Running in Place.”  These charts are on a weekly basis through the October 26 release, indicating data through October 19, 2012.

Here is the ECRI WLI (defined at ECRI’s glossary):

This next chart depicts, on a long-term basis, the Year-over-Year change in the 4-week moving average of the WLI:

This last chart depicts, on a long-term basis, the WLI, Gr.:

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I post various economic 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 1414.62 as this post is written

St. Louis Financial Stress Index – October 25, 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 October 25, incorporating data from December 31,1993 to October 19, 2012 on a weekly basis.  The October 19, 2012 value is -.247 :

(click on chart to enlarge image)

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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 1412.97 as this post is written

Durable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through September 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 September, last updated on October 25.  This value is 218,238 ($ Millions) :

(click on charts to enlarge images)

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

Lastly, a chart from Doug Short’s post of October 26 titled “Durable Goods Orders Partially Recover From Last Month’s Major Dip” showing the Durable Goods New Orders vs. the S&P500′s monthly average of daily closes:

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The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1412.97 as this post is written

Updates On Economic Indicators October 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 October Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI)(pdf) updated as of October 25, 2012:

The ECRI WLI (Weekly Leading Index):

As of 10/19/12 (incorporating data through 10/12/12) the WLI was at 126.7 and the WLI, Gr. was at 6.1%.

A chart of the WLI, Gr. since 2000, from Doug Short’s blog of October 19 titled “ECRI Weekly Leading Index:  Index Slips But Growth Rises” :

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

Here is the latest chart, depicting 10-13-10 to 10-13-12:

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

As per the October 18 release, the LEI was at 95.9 and the CEI was at 105.1 in September.

An excerpt from the October 18 release:

Says Ataman Ozyildirim, economist at The Conference Board: “The U.S. LEI increased in September, more than offsetting the decline in August. The LEI has been signaling an economy that is fluctuating around a slow growth trend. The six-month growth rate has slowed substantially, but still remains in growth territory due to positive contributions from the housing and financial components. Meanwhile, the coincident economic index also increased in September.”

Here is a chart of the LEI from Doug Short’s blog post of October 18 titled “Conference Board Leading Economic Index:  Fluctuating Around a Slow-Growth Trend” :

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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 1417.94 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 17 “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 listed on every blog post since August 15, 2010.

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The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1416.75 as this post is written

“Risk Appetite” Commentary And Chart

On Thursday, the SentimenTrader.com Daily Report had notable commentary and a chart with regard to the heightened level of “risk appetite” inherent in the financial markets.

Excerpts from the commentary:

The Risk Appetite Index aggregates several different indicators of risk-seeking behavior as compiled by institutional brokerage firms.

also:

As of now, it’s at its most-extreme reading in at least 15 years.

The three measures used in the index are the Citigroup Macro Risk Index, Westpac Risk Aversion Index and UBS G10 Carry Risk Index Plus.

Here is the accompanying chart:

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I post various economic 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 1433.19 as this post is written

Long-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – October 19, 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, Gr. is particularly notable at this time, as ECRI publicly announced on September 30, 2011 that the U.S. was “tipping into recession,” and ECRI has reaffirmed that view since, most recently in a September 13 release titled “The 2012 Recession:  Are We There Yet?” and September 13 Bloomberg video titled “Recession Update.”

Other past notable 2012 reaffirmations of the September 30, 2011 recession call by ECRI were seen (in chronological order)  on March 15 (“Why Our Recession Call Stands”) as well as various interviews and statements the week of May 6, including:

Also, subsequent to May 2012:

Below are three long-term charts, from Doug Short’s blog post of October 19 titled “ECRI Weekly Leading Index:  Index Slips, But Growth Rises.”  These charts are on a weekly basis through the October 19 release, indicating data through October 12, 2012.

Here is the ECRI WLI (defined at ECRI’s glossary):

This next chart depicts, on a long-term basis, the Year-over-Year change in the 4-week moving average of the WLI:

This last chart depicts, on a long-term basis, the WLI, Gr.:

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I post various economic 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.

_____

The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1438.36 as this post is written

St. Louis Financial Stress Index – October 18, 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 October 18, incorporating data from December 31,1993 to October 12, 2012 on a weekly basis.  The October 12, 2012 value is -.199 :

(click on chart to enlarge image)

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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 1448.67 as this post is written