2017 Charts of the Week

U.S. Existing-Home Sales

Posted June 23, 2017

On a monthly basis, the National Association of Realtors publishes data on the number of existing-home sales in the U.S and four geographic regions. The data includes condos and co-ops in addition to single family homes, and existing-home sales account for 85-90% of total home sales in the U.S.

Inflation

Posted June 16, 2017

The Consumer Price Index ("CPI") is a closely watched economic indicator published monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Index is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a fixed market basket of consumer goods and services. The chart above shows the year-over-change in CPI for the first five months of 2017.

Retirement Savings For New Graduates

Posted June 9, 2017

Graduation season is upon us, and as college graduates enter the workforce, saving for retirement will become an important issue. Below are some tips to share with young adults entering the workforce.

Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index

Posted June 2, 2017

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index (Index) is a closely watched economic indicator published monthly. The Index is based on surveys that measure the level of confidence individual households have related to business conditions in their area and in their family's economic condition. Households are asked five questions: 1) a rating of business conditions in the household’s area, 2) a rating of business conditions in six months, 3) job availability in the area, 4) job availability in six months, and 5) family income in six months.

U.S. New Home Sales

Posted May 26, 2017

The chart above shows the percentage change in monthly U.S. new home sales for the past 12 months. This data is published by the U.S. Census Bureau based on surveys with thousands of builders and building project owners.

U.S. Internet Sales

Posted May 19, 2017

The chart above shows U.S. Internet Retail Sales as of the end of the first quarter for the past three years. This data is published quarterly by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Job Details

Posted May 12, 2017

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) conducts a monthly job openings and labor turnover survey (JOLTS) that collects data on Job Openings, Hires, Quits, Layoffs and Discharges. The data is collected from approximately 16,400 establishments and covers nonfarm establishments in the private sector as well as federal, state, and local governments across the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

U.S. Real Personal Income and Spending

Posted May 5, 2017

On a monthly basis the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes data on U.S. consumers' income and spending. The Income Report measures household income received from employment and investments. The Spending Report measures expenditures on durable and non-durable goods and services. The chart above shows the monthly percentage change after inflation for each measure from April 2016 through March 2017.

Fixed Income Sector Performance (Total Return as of 3/31/17)

Posted April 28, 2017

The fixed income market includes many different types of securities, and their performance can vary substantially among these types. The chart above compares the performance of 11 major fixed income sectors for the one-year periods ended March 31, 2017 (“current year”-dark blue bars above) and March 31, 2016 (“prior year”-light blue bars above). Eight of the 11 fixed income sectors produced positive returns for the current year while nine of the 11 sectors rose in the prior year.

Top Ten Countries in the MSCI EAFE Index (as of 3/31/17)

Posted April 21, 2017

The Morgan Stanley Capital International ("MSCI") Europe, Australasia, and Far East Index ("EAFE") is a benchmark commonly used to measure non-U.S. developed country stock market performance and the MSCI Emerging Markets ("EM") Index is a benchmark commonly used to measure non-U.S. emerging country stock market performance. Each index consists of about twenty countries and a country cannot be a member of both benchmarks. The bar chart above shows the net performance in U.S. dollars for the one-year periods ended March 31, 2017 ("current" period) and March 31, 2016 ("prior" period) for the MSCI EM Index, the MSCI EAFE Index, and the top 10 non-U.S. developed countries. The top 10 countries were determined by their market capitalization in the MSCI EAFE Index as of March 31, 2017. The country with the largest market capitalization (Japan) is listed first, and the country with the smallest market capitalization of the ten countries reported (Sweden) is listed last.

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