Tag: Federal Reserve

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…

How staying at home in 2020 affected the transportation industry: Part 1 : Profit losses

In 2020, millions of Americans suddenly altered their travel habits, canceled vacations, and worked and learned from home. Data from…

A history of European exchange rates : Data during and after the Bretton Woods system

The Bretton Woods agreement, signed by 44 nations in 1944, established an international monetary system that instituted the convertibility of…