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ECONOMIC DATA

High frequency US economic data reports from the Commerce Department, Labor Department, Treasury Department, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Federal Reserve District Banks, and a variety of closely watched private sources.

Whetstone Analysis is closing down as of July 2, 2020

With thanks and apologies to my readers, Whetstone Analysis will officially close down as of 12:00 Noon, Thursday July 2.…

On the radar: Freddie Mac fixed rates hit a new record low as of July 2

Freddie Mac reported the 30-year fixed rate mortgage at 3.07% as of July 2, the lowest on record. That brought…

First Cut: May new orders for factory goods benefit from pent-up demand

New orders for all factory goods were up 8.0% in May from June after falling 13.5% in April from March…

First Cut: Initial jobless claims levels start to stabilize in recent weeks, but another increase could be on the horizon

Initial jobless claims fell an unadjusted 14,575 to 1.446 million in the week ended June 27. New filings for benefits…

First Cut: A strong June employment report is only partially reassuring

The 4.8 million rise in nonfarm payrolls in June reflects the survey reference period that closed out on June 13.…

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CENTRAL BANK CENTRAL

Information and analysis about Federal Reserve monetary policy and policymakers.

Whetstone Analysis is closing down as of July 2, 2020

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Comment: Minutes of June 9-10 FOMC minutes show Committee thinking about communications and policy tools

As of three weeks ago and still very much the case based on more recent comments from Chair Jerome Powell…

On a break until July 1, 2020

Whetstone Analysis is taking a break until July 1, 2020. I will be keeping an eye on the data and…

Comment: Chair Powell’s semiannual monetary policy testimony covers familiar ground

I didn’t hear anything that struck me as genuinely fresh on the outlook for monetary policy in either day of…

Comment: Chair Powell to deliver semiannual monetary policy testimony on Tuesday and Wednesday

The Federal Reserve dropped the Monetary Policy Report to Congress on Friday, June 12 in advance of Chair Jerome Powell’s…

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ON THE RADAR

Recaps, reminders, and random analysis of data and events that pertain to the US economy and monetary policy.

Whetstone Analysis is closing down as of July 2, 2020

With thanks and apologies to my readers, Whetstone Analysis will officially close down as of 12:00 Noon, Thursday July 2.…

On the radar: St. Louis Fed Financial Stress Index still a bit higher as of June 26 week

The St. Louis Fed's Financial Stress Index edged 0.036 point higher to 0.253 in the week ended June 26 after…

On the radar: Five District Bank surveys of service sector point to less contraction in June, but still in recession

The five District Bank surveys of the service sector in June showed overall conditions remained weak. What signs of expansion…

On the radar: Cigarette taxes up in Virginia as of July 1; will annual sales tax holidays provide a boost in 2020?

As of July 1, 2020, taxes on cigarette prices in Virginia will double. However, before concluding it is a major…

Look forward at June 29, 2020 week: Keep an eye on the release dates around the holiday

A look forward to the June 29 week needs to keep an eye on the calendar of economic data. There…

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