St. Louis Financial Stress Index – December 19, 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 December 19, incorporating data from December 31,1993 to December 13, 2013, on a weekly basis.  The December 13, 2013 value is -.803:

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STLFSI_12-19-13 -.803

Here is the STLFSI chart from a 1-year perspective:

STLFSI_12-19-13 -.803 1-year

Data Source: FRED, Federal Reserve Economic Data, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; accessed December 19, 2013:


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.


The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1804.70 as this post is written