Long-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – May 30, 2014 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 30, 2014 Update

Consumer Confidence Surveys – As Of May 30, 2014

Doug Short had a blog post of May 30, 2014 (“Michigan Consumer Sentiment :  A Disappointing 81.9 May Final“) 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 … Read moreConsumer Confidence Surveys – As Of May 30, 2014

Corporate Profits As A Percentage Of GDP

In the last post (“1st Quarter 2014 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 … Read moreCorporate Profits As A Percentage Of GDP

1st Quarter 2014 Corporate Profits

Today’s GDP release (Q1, 2nd Estimate)(pdf) was accompanied by the BLS Corporate Profits report for the 1st 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 May 29, 2014, … Read more1st Quarter 2014 Corporate Profits

Chicago Fed National Financial Conditions Index (NFCI)

The St. Louis Fed’s Financial Stress Index (STLFSI) is one index that is supposed to measure stress in the financial system.  Its reading as of the May 29, 2014 update is -1.228. 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 … Read moreChicago Fed National Financial Conditions Index (NFCI)

Durable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through April 2014

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 27, 2014.  This value is 239,947 ($ Millions) : (click on charts to … Read moreDurable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through April 2014

Long-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – May 23, 2014 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 23, 2014 Update

Updates Of Economic Indicators May 2014

Here is an update of various indicators that are supposed to predict and/or depict economic activity. These indicators have been discussed in previous blog posts: The May 2014 Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI)(pdf) updated as of May 22, 2014: – The ECRI WLI (Weekly Leading Index): As of May 16, 2014 (incorporating data through May … Read moreUpdates Of Economic Indicators May 2014

Current Economic Situation

With regard to our current economic situation, my thoughts can best be described/summarized by the posts found under the 36 “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