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Constable, S. and R. E. Wright. 2011. The Wall Street Journal Guide to 50 Economic Indicators That Really Matter: From Big Macs to "Zombie Banks", the Indicators Smart Investors Watch to Beat the Market. Harper Business.

Summary by James R. Martin, Ph.D., CMA
Professor Emeritus, University of South Florida

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Automobile Sales

Chapter 2: Chain Store Sales

Chapter 3: Consumer Sentiment

Chapter 4: Existing Home Sales

Chapter 5: Underemployment or Slack Investment

Chapter 6: Book-to-Bill Ratio

Chapter 7: Cooper Price

Chapter 8: Durable Goods Orders

Chapter 9: Housing Permits and Starts

Chapter 10: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization

Chapter 11: Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Survey

Chapter 12: Institute for Supply Management Non-Manufacturing Survey

Chapter 13: JoC-ECRI Industrial Price Index

Chapter 14: London Metal Exchange Inventories

Chapter 15: Personal Savings Rate

Chapter 16: Unit Labor Costs Government

Chapter 17: Federal Government Budget Deficits and the National Debt Net Exports

Chapter 18: Baltic Dry Index

Chapter 19: Big Mac Index

Chapter 20: Current Account Deficit

Chapter 21: Oil Inventories

Chapter 22: Tankan Survey

Chapter 23: Tic Data Multiple Components

Chapter 24: Beige Book

Chapter 25: Crack Spread

Chapter 26: Credit Availability Oscillator

Chapter 27: Federal Funds Rate

Chapter 28: Fertility Rates

Chapter 29 Gross Domestic Product per Capita

Chapter 30: Libor

Chapter 31: M2 Money Supply

Chapter 32: New Home Sales

Chapter 33: Philadelphia Fed: The Aruoba-Diebold-Scotti Business Conditions Index

Chapter 34: Philadelphia Fed: Business Outlook Survey

Chapter 35: Real Interest Rates

Chapter 36: Short Interest

Chapter 37: Russell 2000

Chapter 39: Yield Curve

Chapter 40 GDP Deflator

Chapter 41: Gold Price

Chapter 42: Misery Index

Chapter 43: Producer Price Index

Chapter 44: Retail Investment Activity

Chapter 45: Credit Spreads: The Risk Structure of Interest Rates

Chapter 46: Ted Spread

Chapter 47: Texas "Zombie Bank" Ratio

Chapter 48: TIPS Spread Chapter 49: CBOE Volatility Index

Chapter 50: Vixen Index Conclusions: Putting It All together Appendix: Useful Economic Indicators Websites

For definitions and data on these and other economic indicators see