by Calculated Risk on 1/22/2020 08:37:00 AM
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
From the Chicago Fed: Chicago Fed National Activity Index points to slower economic growth in December
Led by declines in production-related indicators, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) fell to –0.35 in December from +0.41 in November. Three of the four broad categories of indicators that make up the index decreased from November, and three of the four categories made negative contributions to the index in December. The index’s three-month moving average, CFNAI-MA3, moved up to –0.23 in December from –0.31 in November.This graph shows the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (three month moving average) since 1967.
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This suggests economic activity was below the historical trend in December (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 1/22/2020 08:37:00 AM