Economic Trends

Economic Trends is a monthly economic journal that provides analyses of current economic developments. Its audience consists of economists, bankers and those studying economics. Founded in 1979, Economic Trends has a circulation of about 8,800 and is non-paid. The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland publishes this periodical.

Articles from October

August Price Statistics
09.28.09 [GRAPHIC OMITTED] The CPI jumped up 9.3 percent (annualized rate) The CPI jumped up 5.5 percent (annualized rate) in August, almost entirely on a spike in gasoline prices (the BLS says roughly 80 percent of the increase in the overall...
Fourth District Employment Conditions
10.01.09 [GRAPHIC OMITTED] [GRAPHIC OMITTED] The District's unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage point to 10.2 percent for the month of August. The decrease in the unemployment rate is attributed to increases in the number of people...
Pittsburgh's Labor Market Performance over the Recession
09.23.09 [GRAPHIC OMITTED] [GRAPHIC OMITTED] For two days, the leaders of the world's 20 largest economies will meet to discuss potential reforms to the global economic system. Where will this international meeting take place, you ask? London?...
Real GDP: Second-Quarter 2009 Final Estimate
10.05.06 [GRAPHIC OMITTED] Real GDP was revised upward in the final second-quarter revision. Instead of falling at an annualized rate of-l.0 percent as reported in the second estimate, it now is estimated to have fallen only -0.7 percent. Nonresidential...
The Availability and Profitability of Credit Cards
10.05.09 [GRAPHIC OMITTED] [GRAPHIC OMITTED] Credit cards serve a dual purpose in our economy. First, they are a means of payment in lieu of cash or checks. Used in this way, credit cards simplify people's day-to-day transactions and cash...
The Effects of "Cash for Clunkers" on the Auto Industry
10.06.09 [GRAPHIC OMITTED] [GRAPHIC OMITTED] [GRAPHIC OMITTED] As of October 1, the "Cash for Clunkers" program has processed 670,557 reimbursements totaling $2.8 billion dollars. The program has received rave reviews in the media for its...
The Employment Situation, September 2009
10.02.09 [GRAPHIC OMITTED] [GRAPHIC OMITTED] Nonfarm payroll losses picked up pace in September, falling by a larger-than-expected 263,000 jobs after a loss of 201,000 in August. Net revisions tacked an additional 13,000 losses onto estimates...
The Supplemental Financing Program
09.28.09 Prior to the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve balance sheet had followed a steady growth path of about 5.5 percent per year, and its total value had topped $900 billion. During the financial crisis, the assets side of the Fed's books...
The Yield Curve, September 2009
09.23.09 [GRAPHIC OMITTED] [GRAPHIC OMITTED] [GRAPHIC OMITTED] Since last month, the yield curve has steepened slightly, with long rates edging up as short rates edged down. The difference between these rates, the slope of the yield curve,...
With the Dollar Depreciating, Can Inflation Be Far Behind?
09.29.09 [GRAPHIC OMITTED] [GRAPHIC OMITTED] Many people believe that a falling dollar in the foreign-exchange market portends future inflation, and they do so for a very good reason: a monetary impulse is very likely to cause the dollar to...
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