Consumer Confidence Surveys – As Of October 30, 2015

Doug Short had a blog post of October 30, 2015 (“Michigan Consumer Sentiment: Down from October Preliminary“) 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 … Read moreConsumer Confidence Surveys – As Of October 30, 2015

Employment Cost Index (ECI) – Third Quarter 2015

While the concept of Americans’ incomes can be defined in a number of ways, many prominent measures continue to show disconcerting trends. One prominent measure is the Employment Cost Index (ECI). Here is a description from the BLS document titled “The Employment Cost Index:  what is it?“: The Employment Cost Index (ECI) is a quarterly … Read moreEmployment Cost Index (ECI) – Third Quarter 2015

Velocity Of Money – Charts Updated Through October 29, 2015

Here are three charts from the St. Louis Fed depicting the velocity of money in terms of the MZM, M1 and M2 money supply measures. All charts reflect quarterly data through the 3rd quarter of 2015, and were last updated as of October 29, 2015.  As one can see, two of the three measures are at an … Read moreVelocity Of Money – Charts Updated Through October 29, 2015

Real GDP Chart Since 1947 With Trendline – 3rd Quarter 2015

For reference purposes, below is a chart from Doug Short’s “Q3 GDP Advance Estimate at 1.5%, A Big Decline from Q2’s 3.9%” post of October 29, 2015, depicting Real GDP, with a trendline, as depicted.  This chart reflects the Gross Domestic Product Q3 2015 Advance Estimate (pdf) of October 29, 2015: _____ The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about … Read moreReal GDP Chart Since 1947 With Trendline – 3rd Quarter 2015

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 October 22, 2015 update (reflecting data through October 16) is -.781. Of course, there are a variety of other measures and indices that are supposed to measure financial stress and other related … Read moreChicago Fed National Financial Conditions Index (NFCI)

The S&P500 Vs. The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index – October 28, 2015

For reference purposes, the chart below shows the S&P500 vs. the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index on a daily basis, since 2006, with price labels: (click on chart to enlarge image)(chart courtesy of StockCharts.com; chart creation and annotation by the author) _____ The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation SPX at 2073.99 as … Read moreThe S&P500 Vs. The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index – October 28, 2015

Durable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through September 2015

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 September, updated on October 27, 2015. This value is $231,080.0 ($ Millions): (click on charts to enlarge images) … Read moreDurable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through September 2015

Money Supply Charts Through September 2015

For reference purposes, below are two sets of 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 … Read moreMoney Supply Charts Through September 2015

Long-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – October 23, 2015 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. Below are three long-term charts, from Doug Short’s … Read moreLong-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – October 23, 2015 Update

The U.S. Economic Situation – October 23, 2015 Update

Perhaps the main reason that I write of our economic situation is that I continue to believe, based upon various analyses, that our economic situation is in many ways misunderstood.  While no one likes to contemplate a future rife with economic adversity, current and future economic problems must be properly recognized and rectified if high-quality, … Read moreThe U.S. Economic Situation – October 23, 2015 Update