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 Economic Indicators

Council of Economic Advisors -

Economic Indicators


Provides information on GDP, employment, production, business activity, prices, money, credit, security markets, Federal finance and international statistics

Federal Reserve Board Beige Book

Two weeks prior to each FOMC meeting

Summary of Current Economic Conditions - provides district by district summary of twelve districts.

Institute For Supply Management


Monthly - First business day

Provides monthly changes in production, new orders, new export orders, imports, employment, supply deliveries, production, and prices.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics -

Employment Report

Monthly- First Friday

Provides national totals of number of employed people, wages, labor demand and turnover.

U.S. Department of Labor - Jobless


Weekly -Thursday

Provides the number of filings for state unemployment benefits.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics -


Quarterly - second month

Useful for the analysis of changes in prices, wages and technology.

Federal Reserve Board - Industrial


Monthly - mid month

Reports data on output of manufacturing, mines and utilities.

University of Michigan Consumer

Sentiment Index

Monthly - second Friday

National consumer confidence survey of 500 individuals about their personal finances and business conditions.

Confidence Board - Confidence


Monthly - last Tuesday

National consumer confidence survey about expectations of business, labor and income prospects.

U.S. Census Bureau Housing Starts

and Building Permits

Monthly - mid month

Provides single-family and multifamily data, derived from surveys of homebuilders.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics -

 Producers Price Index (PPI)

Monthly - third week

Measures the average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers for their output.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics -

Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Monthly - mid month

Monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.

U.S. Census Bureau Manufacturing

& Trade Inventories & Sales

Monthly - mid month

Provides data on manufacturing and trade sales, manufacturers' shipments and inventories.

U.S. Census Bureau Durable Goods



Two releases: (1) advanced report on durable goods; (2) Manufacturers' shipments, inventories and orders.

Federal Reserve Board - Industrial

Production and Capacity Utilization

Monthly - mid month

Industrial production and capacity indexes covering manufacturing, mining and electric and gas utilities.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

- Business Outlook Survey

Monthly - mid month

Participants indicate direction of change in overall business activity and in various measures of activity at their plants.

Federal Open Market Committee

(FOMC) - meeting minutes

Eight meetings per year - available three weeks after each meeting

Contains descriptions of economic research projects conducted by the Fed, economic projections and other organizational matters.

U.S. Census Bureau Economic Indicators Release Schedule


List of economic indicators provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and their respective release dates.

 Financial and Economic Resources

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Nonpartisan analysis for the U.S. Congress
U.S. Department of the Treasury - Data and Charts Center Provides useful data on interest rates, economic charts and various legislation and economic programs the U.S. Treasury Department is responsible for overseeing.
Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) Download graphs, data, research and statistical information.
U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Data and articles regarding National programs, including national income and product accounts (GDP, personal income, etc.) and gross product by industry.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Provides financial reports of U.S. banks and other industry reports.
U.S. Business Cycle Indicators Server presents a set of 256 data series commonly known as the U.S. Business Cycle Indicators from the BEA for tracking and predicting U.S. business activity.
Federal Budget Site by Kowal Design Contains a simple, neat, point-and-click presentation of the entire U.S. Federal budget.
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small business association, provides research, information and networking designed to help small businesses succeed.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Provides housing data and research about housing policies.

National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT)


Provides information, data, research, news and policy issues about REIT's and publicly traded real estate companies with an interest in U.S. real estate and capital markets.
Architecture Billings Index (ABI) Monthly survey conducted by the American Institute of Architects, useful as a leading indicator of nonresidential construction activity.
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Provides information and research about U.S. and International energy sources and uses.
Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group (CME) Here you can find daily settlement prices of all CME futures and options, a marketing page with product information, educational programs, and more.
Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) - Statistics

International Organization that provides data that helps governments address economic, social and governance challenges of a globalized economy. 

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Monitor the world's ecomonies, lends to members in economic difficulty, and provides technical assistance.
Penn World Tables from National Bureau of Economic Research Includes macro data, industry, productivity and digitalization data, international trade data, individual data, demographics and vital statistics, patent and scientific papers data, and other data.
The World Bank Group Provides news and information about bank activities, publications, topics in development, country-specific information.
Bank for International Settlements (BIS) The Internet's most complete directory of central bank sites from all over the world.  It provides links for central bank sites alphabetically by country.
Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) in the United Kingdom: Virtual Economy At the heart of the UK Virtual Economy are sophisticated computer models which are very similar to those the Chancellor and his advisors use to prepare the Budget and to keep the economy on track.
National Bureau of Statistics of China Agency responsible for the collection and publication of Chinese economic, population and societal statistics.
European Commission - Eurostat Leading provider of statistics on Europe.

 Money and Finance

CFA Institute Social Media Blogs written by CFA Charterholders, Candidates and Members providing practical investment analysis, opinions and insights.
CFA Institute Webcases and Podcasts Video webcasts providing insights on a wide variety of topics by CFA Charterholders and financial industry practitioners.
Aswath Damodaran - Musings on Markets Blog written by NYU Professor Aswath Damodaran including thoughts about valuation, corporate finance and news of the day.
Jubaks Picks Blog written by MSN Money contributor Jim Jubak about macroeconomic events, economic trends and investing.
MSN Money Columns & Tools Columns written by several MSN Money contributors about topics in investing and personal finance.
Morningstar Provides various investment articles and videos, along with detailed company-specific, mutual fund and ETF tools and information.