PRAISE FOR THE ECONOMIC INDICATOR HANDBOOK
"Today, central bankers, market participants, and economic analysts are more data–driven than at any other time. Who better than Richard Yamarone to compile a valuable handbook of economic indicators? Drawing on his enormous experience and vast professional interactions, Richard guides us through the large volume of data expectations and releases, both at the macro and sector levels. In the process, he helps us differentiate between noise and signals. This is a vital guide for those seeking to understand economic developments and prospects."
Mohamed El–Erian, Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz
"Richard Yamarone provides the quintessential map of how to navigate the myriad of high–frequency data reports, so vital in this post–crisis era in which historic economic relationships have been dramatically altered. The Handbook does a stellar job in helping us discern which reports are important and which ones are not in today′s ever–digitalized world, identifying the benefits and flaws of each data release, and learning to understand how to interpret the details behind the headlines."
David Rosenberg, Chief Economist and Strategist, Gluskin Sheff + Associates
"The Economic Indicator Handbook is an indispensable guide for any investor or trader looking to keep abreast of key economic indicators. Richard Yamarone demystifies economic trends to show that past performance can, and often does, predict future results. No one more capably deciphers and extracts actionable information from underlying trends than Richard Yamarone."
David Blanchflower, Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College
About the Author xi
CHAPTER 1 The Daily Blotter 1
CHAPTER 2 The Business Cycle 17
CHAPTER 3 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) 37
CHAPTER 4 The Labor Market and Employment 69
CHAPTER 5 Retail Sales 105
CHAPTER 6 National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Small Business Economic Trends 133
CHAPTER 7 Personal Income and Outlays 157
CHAPTER 8 Housing and Construction 183
CHAPTER 9 Manufacturing 207
CHAPTER 10 Prices and Inflation 237
CHAPTER 11 Confidence and Sentiment 263
CHAPTER 12 The Federal Reserve 291
Sources and Additional Reading 321