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  • Chicago Fed National Activity Index
    by CME Group on July 23, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    The Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) is a monthly index that tracks overall economic activity and inflationary pressures. The CFNAI is a weighted average of 85 existing monthly indicators of national economic activity. It is constructed to have an average value of zero and a standard deviation of one. Since economic activity tends […]

  • Leading Indicators
    by CME Group on July 16, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    The index of leading economic indicators is a composite of 10 forward-looking components including building permits, new factory orders, and unemployment claims. The report attempts to predict general economic conditions six months out. […]

  • Jobless Claims
    by CME Group on July 16, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    New unemployment claims are compiled weekly to show the number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time. An increasing (decreasing) trend suggests a deteriorating (improving) labor market. The four-week moving average of new claims smooths out weekly volatility. […]

  • Housing Starts
    by CME Group on July 16, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    A housing start is registered at the start of construction of a new building intended primarily as a residential building. The start of construction is defined as the beginning of excavation of the foundation for the building. […]

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