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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.

First Cut: February Import Price Index down on sharply lower fuels costs

The Import Price Index for February declined 0.5% from January mainly due to a 7.7% drop in prices of imported…

On the radar: Freddie Mac 30-year fixed rate on March 12 up from record low in prior week

The Freddie Mac data on mortgage rates as of March 12 brought the 30-year fixed rate up 7 basis points…

First Cut: February producer prices blunted by declines in food, energy, and trade services

The Final Demand PPI for February declined more than anticipated at down 0.6% month-over-month and was up an anemic 1.3%…

First Cut: Initial jobless claims remain low in March 7 week

Initial jobless claims declined 4,000 in the week ended March 7 to 211,000 after a revised 215,000 in the prior…

On the radar: Boeing posts 18 new orders in February after 0 in January

Boeing reported 18 new orders for February, a positive after no new orders in January. However, the year is off…

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CENTRAL BANK CENTRAL

Information and analysis about Federal Reserve monetary policy and policymakers.

Look Back: Week of December 17, 2018

The December 17 week was one crowded with economic data releases scheduled before the quiet period between Christmas and New…

First Cut: FOMC Meeting Statement and Summary of Economic Projections

Other than the language associated with the rate hike, the statement from the December 18-19 FOMC meeting was on the…

FOMC Meeting Minutes from November 7-8

At this point the FOMC meeting minutes reflect conditions from three weeks ago. There was little to surprise in the…

FOMC Voter Rotation in 2019

The FOMC next meets on December 18-19. This is the last scheduled meeting at which the 2018 rotation of voters…

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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.

On the radar: Fixed mortgage rates rise in Freddie Mac December 12 data

Freddie Mac reported fixed rates for mortgages were up 5 basis point as of December 12, while the 5/1-year ARM…

On the radar: Atlanta Fed’s Business Inflation Expectations about on trend in December

The Atlanta Fed's Business Inflation Expectations dipped negligibly in December to a median estimate of 1.9% after 2.0% in November.…

On the radar: Boeing orders climb in modest heights in November, but not enough to change the view for 2019

Boeing reported total new orders for aircraft at 63 for November, which was the best monthly total for 2019 to-date.…

Look forward at December 8 week: The FOMC meeting could be a nonevent, although scrutiny of the SEP will provide points of discussion about the outlook for monetary policy

A look forward at December 9 week instinctively goes straight to the FOMC meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 10…

Look behind at December 2, 2019 week: November Employment Situation ends the week with a big flourish

A look behind at the December 2 week is mainly focused on conditions in the labor market which continued to…

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