The 10 Economic Datapoints That Everybody Wants To Know

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Regular readers of the site know we’re big fans of the site FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data), a popular place for analysts, researchers, academics, and journalists to draw and chart economic data.On FRED they keep a running list of the top 10 datapoints that people call up the most frequently on the site.

Given the popularity of this site all over the world, it’s safe to say that these are the 10 most popular economic datapoints in the world.

We’ve drawn up the latest version of each chart to give you an idea where each one stands.

CPI is the most popular inflation gauge. On a year-over-year basis, the pace of inflation is dropping quickly.

Real GDP is GDP excluding the impact of inflation. We're still far below historical trends.

The 10-year yield is the rate at which the US borrows money for 10-years. We're incredibly close to historical lows.

The St. Louis financial stress index. It users various financial measures to show how in trouble the financial system is. We're well below crisis highs, but above pre-crisis levels

The unemployment rate: Incredibly elevated.

The monetary base. This basically represents the size of the Fed's balance sheet, which has exploded since the crisis.

M2 is a measure of the money supply.

Total non-farm payrolls. This measure shows the monthly gains, and you can see how much the monthly job growth has fallen off lately.

Michigan consumer sentiment remains very depressed.

And this is GDP (not excluding inflation). Quite historically weak.

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