Long-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – May 31, 2013 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. – May 31, 2013 Update

St. Louis Financial Stress Index – May 30, 2013 Update

On March 28, 2011 I wrote a post (“The STLFSI“) about the  St. Louis Fed’s Financial Stress Index (STLFSI) 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 May 30, incorporating data from December 31,1993 to May 24, … Read moreSt. Louis Financial Stress Index – May 30, 2013 Update

Corporate Profits As A Percentage Of GDP

In the last post (“1st Quarter Corporate Profits“) I displayed, for reference purposes, a long-term chart depicting Corporate Profits After Tax. There are many ways to view this measure, both on an absolute as well as relative basis. One relative measure is viewing Corporate Profits as a Percentage of GDP.  I feel that this metric is … Read moreCorporate Profits As A Percentage Of GDP

Median Household Income Chart

I have written many blog posts concerning the worrisome trends in income and earnings. Doug Short, in his May 29 blog post, titled “Real Median Household Incomes:  Up .5% in April But Only a Fractional .6% Year-over-Year” produced the chart below.  It is based upon data from Sentier Research, and it shows both nominal and real median … Read moreMedian Household Income Chart

Durable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through April 2013

Many people place emphasis on Durable Goods New Orders as a prominent economic indicator and/or leading economic indicator. For reference, below are charts depicting this measure. First, from the St. Louis Fed site (FRED), a chart through April, last updated on May 28.  This value is 222,557 ($ Millions) : (click on charts to enlarge … Read moreDurable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through April 2013

Consumer Confidence Surveys – As Of May 28, 2013

Doug Short had a blog post of May 28 (“Consumer Confidence Beats Expectations, Now at a 5-Year High“) in which he presents the latest Conference Board Consumer Confidence and Thomson/Reuters University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index charts.  They are presented below: (click on charts to enlarge images) – – There are a few aspects of the … Read moreConsumer Confidence Surveys – As Of May 28, 2013

Financial Stocks – May 28, 2013 Update Concerning Poor “Price Action”

On June 29, 2011 I wrote a blog post titled “Financial Stocks – Notable Price Action.”  This post is the latest update of that message. Although financial stocks have (in general) increased in price since 2012, I continue to believe that the longer-term “price action” of various financial stocks is disconcerting.  I view the poor … Read moreFinancial Stocks – May 28, 2013 Update Concerning Poor “Price Action”

Financial Stocks – Relative Price To Overall Stock Market – May 28, 2013 Update

In the June 29, 2011 post (“Financial Stocks – Notable Price Action”) I wrote the following: I think that the relatively poor “price action” of various financial stocks is notable.  It is one of many current indications that overall stock market health is not as strong as a casual glance at the major indices would … Read moreFinancial Stocks – Relative Price To Overall Stock Market – May 28, 2013 Update

Long-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – May 24, 2013 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. – May 24, 2013 Update