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Whetstone Analysis commentary will help you stay sharp and up-to-date with the high frequency economic data and developments in Federal Reserve monetary policy.

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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 Pending Home Sales Index highest in nearly three years

The NAR Pending Home Sales Index for February managed to build on the strength in the January report and gain…

On the radar: IRS filing season looks normal up through March 20 data

On the face of it, IRS filing season statistics look normal so far for 2020 as far as the size…

First Cut: Kansas City Fed service sector index hits a series low in March

The Kansas City Fed's composite index for services decelerated to -16 in March after 6 in February and reached a…

First Cut: Final March Consumer Sentiment Index lowest since late 2016 and has fourth largest month-over-month decline

The final reading of the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index for March fell to 89.1 (previously 95.9) from 101.0…

First Cut: February personal income continued moderate rise, consumption was lackluster; PCE deflator nearer the Fed’s 2% objective

Personal income was up 0.6% in February from January, a second month in a row of solid gains. Income gains…

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CENTRAL BANK CENTRAL

Information and analysis about Federal Reserve monetary policy and policymakers.

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.

Look behind at December 16, 2019 week: Countdown to the holidays offers a reasonably good picture for the economy

A look behind at the December 16 gives the sense of data sources trying to get things out of the…

Look forward to December 23, 2019 week: Holidays will disrupt released calendars; most reports can wait until after the New Year for closer consideration

I’m going to extend the look forward at the December 23 week into early the following week to include the…

On the radar: St. Louis Fed’s Financial Stress Index puts any sign of strain at a distance

The St. Louis Fed's Financial Stress Index fell to -1.351 in the week ended December 13, down from the -1.332…

On the radar: Freddie Mac rates stable in December 19 data, month shaping up to be very like November

Freddie Mac reported mortgage interest rates were stable in the December 19 data. Overall, mortgage rates remain attractive to potential…

Look forward to December 16, 2019 week: Economic data will be read and quickly digested as the holiday approaches

A look forward at 16 week presents the last significant schedule of economic data releases before the holidays begin in…

UPCOMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

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