Updates Of Economic Indicators June 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 June 2014 Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI)(pdf) updated as of June 23, 2014: – The ECRI WLI (Weekly Leading Index): As of June 20, 2014 (incorporating data through June … Read more Updates Of Economic Indicators June 2014

Janet Yellen’s June 18, 2014 Press Conference – Notable Aspects

On Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Janet Yellen gave her scheduled press conference. (video and related materials) Below are Janet Yellen’s comments I found most notable – although I don’t necessarily agree with them – in the order they appear in the transcript.  These comments are excerpted from the “Transcript of Chairman Yellen’s Press Conference“(preliminary)(pdf) of June … Read more Janet Yellen’s June 18, 2014 Press Conference – Notable Aspects

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 June 12, 2014 update is -1.256. 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 more Chicago Fed National Financial Conditions Index (NFCI)

Money Supply Charts Through May 2014

For reference purposes, below are four charts depicting growth in the money supply. The first shows the MZM (Money Zero Maturity), defined in FRED as the following: M2 less small-denomination time deposits plus institutional money funds. Money Zero Maturity is calculated by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Here is the “MZM Money Stock” (seasonally … Read more Money Supply Charts Through May 2014

Long-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – June 13, 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 more Long-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – June 13, 2014 Update

Markets During Periods Of Federal Reserve Intervention – June 13, 2014 Update

In the August 9, 2011 post (“QE3 – Various Thoughts“) I posted a chart that depicted the movements of the S&P500, 10-Year Treasury Yield and the Fed Funds rate spanning the periods of various Federal Reserve interventions since 2007. For reference purposes, here is an updated chart from Doug Short’s blog post of June 13 … Read more Markets During Periods Of Federal Reserve Intervention – June 13, 2014 Update

The June 2014 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey

The June Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey was published on June 12, 2014.  The headline is “WSJ Survey:  Economists Optimistic Stage Is Set for Pickup in Wage Growth.” I found numerous items to be notable – although I don’t necessarily agree with them – both within the article and in the “Economist Q&A” section. … Read more The June 2014 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey

June 2014 Duke/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey – Notable Excerpts

On June 11, 2014 the June Duke/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey (pdf) was released.  It contains a variety of statistics regarding how CFOs view business and economic conditions. In this CFO Survey, I found the following to be the most notable excerpts: Survey results show nearly 60 percent of U.S. financial executives think the business environment has … Read more June 2014 Duke/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey – Notable Excerpts

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 June 5, 2014 update is -1.281. 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 more Chicago Fed National Financial Conditions Index (NFCI)