St. Louis Financial Stress Index – January 23, 2014 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 January 23, incorporating data from December 31,1993 to January 17, 2014, on a weekly basis.  The January 17, 2014 value is -1.013:

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STLFSI_1-23-14 -1.013

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

STLFSI_1-23-14 -1.013 1-year

Data Source: FRED, Federal Reserve Economic Data, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; accessed January 23, 2014:


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 1824.75 as this post is written