Chicago Fed National Activity Index. What is it and how important is it?

Lets try to make this nice and simple. I'll be honest. I have been following economic indicators since my college days and for some unknown reason, I have not come across this indicator. This is no ordinary economic indicator either. The Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) is released monthly and is the weighted average of … Continue reading Chicago Fed National Activity Index. What is it and how important is it?

Rate Up Tick Likely? Federal Open Market Committee Meeting Begins Today

In December of 2016, the Federal Reserve raised the Federal Funds Rate rate by 0.25% for the first time in over a year, which is still a historic low, to a rate of 0.50%. The Federal Funds Rate is the interest rate banks at which banks charge each other when giving overnight loans to one another. Banks … Continue reading Rate Up Tick Likely? Federal Open Market Committee Meeting Begins Today