by Calculated Risk on 12/24/2018 09:12:00 AM
Monday, December 24, 2018
From the Chicago Fed: Index Points to an Increase in Economic Growth in November
Led by improvements in production-related indicators, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) increased to +0.22 in November from a neutral reading in October. Two of the four broad categories of indicators that make up the index increased from October, and three of the four categories made positive contributions to the index in November. The index’s three-month moving average, CFNAI-MA3, moved down to +0.12 in November from +0.23 in October.This graph shows the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (three month moving average) since 1967.
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This suggests economic activity was slightly above the historical trend in November (using the three-month average).
According to the Chicago Fed:
The index is a weighted average of 85 indicators of growth in national economic activity drawn from four broad categories of data: 1) production and income; 2) employment, unemployment, and hours; 3) personal consumption and housing; and 4) sales, orders, and inventories.
A zero value for the monthly index has been associated with the national economy expanding at its historical trend (average) rate of growth; negative values with below-average growth (in standard deviation units); and positive values with above-average growth.
Posted by Calculated Risk on 12/24/2018 09:12:00 AM