The Federal Reserve has multiple reasons for existence—including ensuring employment is healthy, managing inflation, and stabilizing prices. While some economic reports like the Jobless Claims and Consumer Price Index (CPI) are obvious barometers of these factors, others are not so obvious but can be just as informative.
This week’s mortgage applications data answers the question: Are consumers buying houses? The durable goods report arrives later this week, which will tell us if consumers are making investments in new appliances and furniture. Since consumer spending comprises 70% of GDP in the U.S., what data is the Fed dependent on for the other 30%?
Dan Gramza, owner of Gramza Capital Management, joined us on this week’s episode of “See the Futures” to discuss some of the critical economic reports that arrive before the next two FOMC meetings.
Additional topics discussed in this free livestream:
Analysis of R* for the U.S. vs. global community
Discussion on when the Fed will begin cutting rates
Opinion on the Fed’s use of the term “data dependency”
Look at the emergence of different Fed district’s Nowcasts
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