Consumer Confidence Surveys – As Of May 29, 2020

Advisor Perspectives had a post of May 29, 2020 (“Michigan Consumer Sentiment: May Final Mostly Unchanged“) that displays 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 that I find … Read more Consumer Confidence Surveys – As Of May 29, 2020

Durable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through April 2020

Many people place emphasis on Durable Goods New Orders as a prominent economic indicator and/or leading economic indicator. For reference, below are two charts depicting this measure. First, from the St. Louis Fed site (FRED), a chart through April 2020, updated on May 28, 2020. This value is $169,966 ($ Millions): (click on charts to … Read more Durable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through April 2020

Charts Indicating Economic Weakness – May 2020

U.S. Economic Indicators Throughout this site there are many discussions of economic indicators.  This post is the latest in a series of posts indicating U.S. economic weakness or a notably low growth rate. The level and trend of economic growth is especially notable at this time. As seen in various measures and near-term projections, the U.S. economy … Read more Charts Indicating Economic Weakness – May 2020

Employment Cost Index (ECI) – First Quarter 2020

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 more Employment Cost Index (ECI) – First Quarter 2020

Velocity Of Money – Charts Updated Through April 29, 2020

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 1st quarter of 2020, and were last updated as of April 29, 2020. Velocity of MZM Money Stock, current value = 1.235: Data Source: FRED, … Read more Velocity Of Money – Charts Updated Through April 29, 2020

Real GDP Chart Since 1947 With Trendline – 1st Quarter 2020

For reference purposes, below is a chart from the Advisor Perspectives’ post of April 29, 2020 titled “Q1 GDP Advance Estimate: Real GDP at -4.8%” reflecting Real GDP, with a trendline, as depicted.  This chart incorporates the Gross Domestic Product, First Quarter 2020 (Advance Estimate) of April 29, 2020: _________ I post various indicators and indices because … Read more Real GDP Chart Since 1947 With Trendline – 1st Quarter 2020

Consumer Confidence Surveys – As Of April 28, 2020

Advisor Perspectives had a post of April 28, 2020 (“Consumer Confidence Weakened Significantly in April“) that displays 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 that I find highly … Read more Consumer Confidence Surveys – As Of April 28, 2020

Broad-Based Indicators Of Economic Activity

The Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) and the Aruoba-Diebold-Scotti Business Conditions Index (ADS Index) are two broad-based economic indicators that I regularly feature in this site. The short-term and long-term trends of each continue to be notable. The post on Advisor Perspectives of April 24, 2020, titled “The Philly Fed ADS Index Business Conditions Index … Read more Broad-Based Indicators Of Economic Activity