Category: Federal Reserve

Not much of a description is needed for this category. It is the Federal Reserve Board who controls money and interest rates in the nation.

Service with a masked smile: How weaker demand reduced employment in 2020

The FRED Blog has discussed how the COVID-19 recession reduced the demand for services and boosted the demand for goods,…

A friendly warning: Data aren’t perfect : Graphing data can reveal issues that spreadsheets may not

“The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see.” –…

Changes in the U.S.-China trade deficit : Exports and imports before and after tariffs and the pandemic

Many of the trade policies that began in 2018 were driven by the high and persistent U.S. trade deficit with…

What’s behind the recent surge in the M1 money supply?

While the terms “money” and “wealth” often mean the same thing in everyday parlance, economists define money more narrowly as…

Houses sold, newly started, and for sale: Cycles in housing activity

The FRED Blog has discussed how mortgage interest rates affect decisions in the housing market and how the construction of…

Measuring the stress in the rental industry : Census data show a drop, a big drop, then some recovery for rental space

The pandemic has tormented many sectors of the economy. The sector we highlight today is rental companies, whose income is…

Pandemic-related initial claims for unemployment assistance

View on GeoFRED® FRED now offers data on pandemic-related initial claims for unemployment assistance. An initial claim is filed by…

In mid-2020, the least wealthy gained the most net worth

The FRED Blog has discussed how the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic reduced the net worth of households. To recap:…

How staying at home in 2020 affected the transportation industry: Part 3 : Debt as a life raft

We covered transportation equipment in Part 1 of this series and petroleum and coal products in Part 2 [[ ]]. Census…

How staying at home in 2020 affected the transportation industry: Part 2 : Less travel, less fuel

We continue our series on recent developments in the transportation industry by looking at petroleum and coal products. Like transportation…