Long-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – August 30, 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. – August 30, 2013 Update

St. Louis Financial Stress Index – August 29, 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 August 29, incorporating data from December 31,1993 to August 23, … Read moreSt. Louis Financial Stress Index – August 29, 2013 Update

Corporate Profits As A Percentage Of GDP

In the last post (“2nd 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

2nd Quarter Corporate Profits

Today’s GDP release (Q2, 2nd Estimate) was accompanied by the BLS Corporate Profits (preliminary estimate) report for the 2nd Quarter. Of course, there are many ways to adjust and depict overall Corporate Profits.  For reference purposes, here is a chart from the St. Louis Federal Reserve (FRED) showing the Corporate Profits After Tax (last updated August 29,2013, … Read more2nd Quarter Corporate Profits

Consumer Confidence Surveys – As Of August 27, 2013

Doug Short had a blog post of August 27 (“Consumer Confidence Comes in Above Expectations“) 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 above charts that … Read moreConsumer Confidence Surveys – As Of August 27, 2013

Durable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through July 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 July, last updated on August 26.  This value is 226,620 ($ Millions) : (click on charts to enlarge … Read moreDurable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through July 2013

Long-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – August 23, 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. – August 23, 2013 Update

St. Louis Financial Stress Index – August 22, 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 August 22, incorporating data from December 31,1993 to August 16, … Read moreSt. Louis Financial Stress Index – August 22, 2013 Update

Chicago Fed National Financial Conditions Index (NFCI)

Each week I have been posting two charts of the St. Louis Fed’s Financial Stress Index (STLFSI), which is supposed to measure stress in the financial system. Of course, there are a variety of other measures and indices that are supposed to measure financial stress and other related issues, both from the Federal Reserve as well as … Read moreChicago Fed National Financial Conditions Index (NFCI)

Current Economic Situation

With regard to our current economic situation,  my thoughts can best be described/summarized by the posts found under the 27 “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 found near … Read moreCurrent Economic Situation