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|Baseline and Rate of Change (BaR) Analysis Grid©|
|The BaR Analysis Grid© clarifies current economic conditions and signals how near the economy is to a recession. The mean of coordinates (MoC) is the average of all plotted points. It indicates the overall health of the economy. Leading indicators (LD) are a subset of indicators that provide insight into emerging trends (business cycles are comprised of multiple mini-cycles). Click here to learn how to read the BaR grid. The BaR is updated every Friday.
|Insights: A strong case can be made that a 2020 recession is unlikely. Read more here. The leading indicators continue to tug the MoC towards the expansion quad. If the manufacturing industry improves as the ISM forecasts, the MoC is likely to move into the expansion quad.|
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|Click on arrows to see how the current business cycle has progressed since the last recession.
|Data updates: 1/13 to 1/17: NFIB small business optimism, vehicles sales, retail sales, nonfarm job openings, nonfarm hires, industrial production, and capacity utilization; 1/6 to 1/10: ISM nonmanufacturing and temporary employment; 12/30 to 1/3: University of Michigan consumer sentiment, yield curve spread, ISM manufacturing, Credit Managers' Index, St. Louis Fed Financial Stress Index, and unemployment claims.
|Percent from Baseline: 3-Month and 1-Year Trends|
|The MoC continues its gradual decline, but remains well above the baseline. Updated 1/17. Next update 1/31. To see previous tables go here.
|Current Business Cycle
Rolling 3-Month Average Through Nov. '19; Updated 12/30/19
(See other business cycles)
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