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.

Measuring uncertainty and volatility with FRED data

Uncertainty and volatility are closely related but distinct concepts. People are uncertain if they lack confidence in their knowledge of…

The pandemic’s boost to online sales: A one-time event or a new normal?

The FRED graph above shows online retail sales. It’s no surprise these sales have been steadily increasing, even if there…

Change in the metal value of coins

For a long time, coins were supposed to contain enough valuable metal to be worth their face value. This intrinsic…

How inflation helps the stock market set records

The news regularly reports that this or that stock market index has reached new heights. What does that really mean?…

Ceasing emergency federal unemployment benefits: A look at the latest state-level data

The federal government has provided emergency unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to states since March 2020 to supplement their regular state…

Teenagers’ labor force participation : BLS data on the evolution of summer jobs

The FRED Blog has compared employment among teenagers with employment among older workers: Teens no longer participate in the labor…

A V-shaped recovery : Tracking GDP in the G-7 through COVID-19

The pandemic-driven recession started in the first quarter of 2020. After a  year, it appears the recession is nearly at…

The distribution of patents across U.S. states : Tracking innovation for Californians, Massachusettsans, Idahoans, Mainers, etc. etc.

View on GeoFRED® FRED Blog posts have discussed patent royalties, R&D, and the balance of payments and the changing geography of…

The jump in used car prices

Economic restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are being loosened, and economic activity is beginning to pick up. That’s expected…

Savings are now more liquid and part of “M1 money” : Regulation D has made savings deposits as convenient as currency

Money is marvelously nuanced. Because different assets can be used as money, we need several categories and definitions to keep…