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, seen most recently in a variety of November 29 media sources including the following:
- ECRI, “The Tell-Tale Chart“
- CNN video, “Official Recession Indicators“
- CNN video, “ECRI Recession Update“
- Yahoo video,”Ignore GDP and the Fiscal Cliff, U.S. Is Already in Recession“
- Bloomberg video,”Recession Underway“
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:
- Bloomberg video, May 9: ”Lakshman Achuthan on Renewed U.S. Recession Call: Video”
- ECRI, May 9: ”Revoking Recession: 48th Time’s The Charm?”
- Wall Street Journal video, May 9: “Free Market Economies Have Business Cycles”
- ECRI, May 11: “Rising GDP Doesn’t Rule Out Recession”
Also, subsequent to May 2012:
- Bloomberg video, July 10: “Recession Here”
- ECRI, September 7: “Recession Evidence Obscured in Real Time”
- ECRI, September 13: “The 2012 Recession: Are We There Yet?”
- Bloomberg video, September 13: “Recession Update.”
Below are three long-term charts, from Doug Short’s blog post of November 30 titled “ECRI Weekly Update: Beating the Recession Drum.” These charts are on a weekly basis through the November 30 release, indicating data through November 23, 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.:
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
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