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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.

Footnote: Weather sensitive sectors accounted for about half of the October job increases

The calculation for weather sensitive sectors in the payroll data indicated that nearly half of the jobs added in October…

First Cut: October payroll data bests expectations with a solid increase on top of big upward revision to prior two months

Nonfarm payrolls rose 128,000 in October, besting market expectations. The gain was further improved by a net upward revision of…

First Cut: MNI-ISM Chicago Business Barometer lowest in nearly four years

The MNI-ISM Chicago Business Barometer fell to 43.2 in October and reached its lowest since December 2015, the report said.…

On the radar: Freddie Mac fixed mortgage rates up for a third week as of October 31

Freddie Mac reported fixed mortgage rates were up for a third week in a row while the rate for a…

First Cut: Employment Cost Index remained on track in third quarter for modest, steady gains

The Employment Cost Index (ECI) for the third quarter was up 0.7% compared to the second quarter, and up 2.8%…



Information and analysis about Federal Reserve monetary policy and policymakers.



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

Look Back: Week of January 7, 2019

The partial federal government shutdown that went into effect December 22 is ongoing. At present economic data out of the…

On the radar: St. Louis Fed Financial Stress Index for week ended January 7, 2019 improves slightly

The prospect of a partial shutdown of the federal government and the possibility the situation would not be quickly resolved…

On the Radar: Boeing Aircraft Orders for December close out the year with a big gain

Boeing has reported its aircraft orders for December at a solid total of 218 units, the second highest in 2018…

Major central bank meeting calendar for 2019

At present, the Federal Reserve is showing the most inclination to remove interest rate accommodation in monetary policy. However, the…

On the radar: St. Louis Fed Financial Stress Index up for a fourth week in a row for week ended December 31, 2018

The partial shutdown of the federal government and the prospect of it being a prolonged one added to the strains…


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