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Economic Indicators

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

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Many people believe they have a way to predict the stock market. Most of the indicators in the table below are discussed in a book by Constable and Wright.1

Economic Indicators or Measurements

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Big Mac Index The Economist Burgernomics
Book-to-Bill Ratio Investopedia Definition
Box-office Receipts Box Office Mojo
Business Outlook Investopedia
CBOE Volatility Index Wikipedia definition 

Yahoo Finance

CEO Confidence The Confidence Board
Chain Store Sales, Retail Sales Investopedia
Consumer Price Index Bureau of Labor Statistics

Khan Academy Video

Consumer Confidence Survey The Conference Board
Consumer Sentiment Federal Reserve Bank of St.Louis
Cooper Price National Association of Realtors
Crack Spread Wikipedia definition


Credit Availability Oscillator A measure of how easy or difficult it is to borrow money.

eHow Money

Credit Spreads: The Risk Structure of Interest Rates Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Current Account Deficit Investopedia definition

Bureau of Economic Analysis

Durable Goods Orders U.S. Census Bureau


Economic Bubble Indicators, e.g., Income growth vs. Housing price growth, and Home prices adjusted for inflation illustrate the real estate bubble. Aftershock
Employment Trends Index The Conference Board
Existing Home Sales National Association of Realtors


Federal Funds Rate Wikipedia definition

Federal Government Budget Deficits and the National Debt U.S. Debt Clock
Fertility Rates The World Bank
GAO Fiscal year 2010 Financial Report of the United States Government GAO U.S. Government Accountability Office
GDP Deflator Federal Reserve Bank of St.Louis
Global Business Cycle Indicators The Conference Board
Global Economic Conditions Survey Report: Q4 2011 IMA PDF - "Overall the stage appears to be set for a renewed global economic downturn in 2012 and most respondents to the [...survey] certainly believe this to be the case."
Gold Price GoldPrice.Org
Gross Domestic Product per Capita GPO Economic Indicators and Fraser
Help Wanted OnLine The Conference Board
Housing Permits and Starts Investopedia
Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Survey Institute of Supply Management
Institute for Supply Management Non-Manufacturing Survey Institute of Supply Management
JOC-ECRI Industrial Price Index Bloomberg
Libor - London Interbank Offered Rates Wikipedia definition and Libor Rate History
London Metal Exchange Inventories Investment Tools.Com
M2 Money Supply Federal Reserve Bank of St.Louis
Misery Index U.S. Misery Index = Unemployment rate + Inflation rate

Wikipedia definition and NPA Services

Net Exports Federal Reserve Bank of St.Louis
New Home Sales U.S. Census Bureau
NFIB Confidence Survey NFIB or National Federation of Independent Business
Personal Savings Rate Federal Reserve Bank of St.Louis
Philadelphia Fed: The Aruoba-Diebold-Scotti Business Conditions Index Philadelphia Fed
Philadelphia Fed: Business Outlook Survey Philadelphia Fed
Presidential Approval Rating Gallup


Producer Price Index

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Productivity Report Investopedia
Oil Inventories Bloomberg
Real Interest Rates Investopedia definition

The World Bank

Retail Investment Activity Investing Answers

Russell 2000

Russell Investments


Short Interest Investopedia definition

Survey of Economists CNNMoney

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Tankan Survey Investopedia definition
Ted Spread Wikipedia - The difference between the interest rates on interbank loans and on short-term U.S. government debt ("T-bills")
Texas "Zombie Bank" Ratio Wikipedia definition

Tic Data U.S. Department of The Treasury
TIPS Spread (Monitors inflation) Learning Markets
Trade Balance Report Investopedia
Truck Tonnage Index Investopedia definition

American Trucking Association

Underemployment or Slack Investment Economic Policy Institute
Unemployment rate - and definitions of U3, U4, U5, and U6 Bureau of Labor Statistics


Khan Academy Video

Unit Labor Costs Government OECD and OECD.StatExtracts
Vixen Index Chapter 50 of Constable and Wright's Book.
See footnote 1.

Yield Curve

Wikipedia definition

Federal Reserve Bank of New York



1 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. (Contents).

2 Wiedemer, D., R. A. Wiedemer and C. Spitzer. 2011. Aftershock: Protecting Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown, Second Edition. Wiley. These authors discuss six economic bubbles: The real estate bubble, the stock market bubble, the private debt bubble, the discretionary spending bubble, the dollar bubble, and the government debt bubble. Their analysis indicates that these bubbles are not going to re-inflate. (Book Review).