The following 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 February 2021 Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) updated as of February 22, 2021:
The CFNAI, with a current reading of .66:
source: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago Fed National Activity Index [CFNAI], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, February 22, 2021;
The CFNAI-MA3, with a current reading of .47:
source: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago Fed National Activity Index: Three Month Moving Average [CFNAIMA3], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, February 22, 2021;
As of February 19, 2021 (incorporating data through February 12, 2021) the WLI was at 149.4 and the WLI, Gr. was at 21.2%.
A chart of the WLI,Gr., from the Advisor Perspectives’ ECRI update post of February 19, 2021:
The ADS Index, from 11-1-2019 through 2-13-21:
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI), Coincident Economic Index (CEI), and Lagging Economic Index (LAG):
As per the February 22, 2021 Conference Board press release, titled “The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. Increased in January” the LEI was at 110.3, the CEI was at 103.3, and the LAG was 106.2 in January.
An excerpt from the release:
“While the pace of increase in the U.S. LEI has slowed since mid-2020, January’s gains were broad-based and suggest economic growth should improve gradually over the first half of 2021,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, Senior Director of Economic Research at The Conference Board. “As the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 accelerates, labor markets and overall growth are likely to continue improving through the rest of this year as well. The Conference Board now expects the U.S. economy to expand by 4.4 percent in 2021, after a 3.5 percent contraction in 2020.”
I post various indicators and indices because I believe they should be carefully monitored. However, as those familiar with this site 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 3876.50 as this post is written