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 April 2021 Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) updated as of April 22, 2021:
The CFNAI, with a current reading of 1.71:
source: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago Fed National Activity Index [CFNAI], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, April 22, 2021;
The CFNAI-MA3, with a current reading of .54:
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, April 22, 2021;
As of April 16, 2021 (incorporating data through April 9, 2021) the WLI was at 156.1 and the WLI, Gr. was at 25.0%.
A chart of the WLI,Gr., from the Advisor Perspectives’ ECRI update post of April 16, 2021:
The ADS Index, from 11-1-2019 through 4-10-21:
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI), Coincident Economic Index (CEI), and Lagging Economic Index (LAG):
As per the April 22, 2021 Conference Board press release, titled “The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. Increased in March” the LEI was at 111.6, the CEI was at 104.0, and the LAG was 105.1 in March.
An excerpt from the release:
“The U.S. LEI rose sharply in March, which more than offset February’s slightly negative revised figure,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, Senior Director of Economic Research at The Conference Board. “The improvement in the U.S. LEI, with all ten components contributing positively, suggests economic momentum is increasing in the near term. The widespread gains among the leading indicators are supported by an accelerating vaccination campaign, gradual lifting of mobility restrictions, as well as current and expected fiscal stimulus. The recent trend in the U.S. LEI is consistent with the economy picking up in the coming months, and The Conference Board now projects year-over-year growth could reach 6.0 percent in 2021.”
Here is a chart of the LEI from the Advisor Perspectives’ Conference Board Leading Economic Index update of April 22, 2021:
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 4134.98 as this post is written