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    Pension funds saw less interest at the 2-year Treasury note auction

    Apart from T-bill auctions, last week also saw auctions for $32 billion two-year Treasury notes on April 22, $35 billion five-year Treasury notes on April 23, and $29 billion seven-year Treasury notes on April 24.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
  • Financials

    Why did the issue price for 5-year Treasury notes fall?

    The high yield rate increased to 1.732% for last week’s auction compared to 1.715% for the March auction, bringing down the offer price marginally to 99.48 from 99.57.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What to Make of the Rebound of the Credit Index in May

    The Leading Credit Index expanded for the first time in four months in May with a reading of -0.86.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Should We Worry about the Contracting Credit Index?

    The Conference Board uses credit conditions in the economy as one of the components of the leading economic index (or LEI) economic model.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What to Make of a Contracting Leading Credit Index

    In March, the Leading Credit Index recorded a reading of -0.46, declining, compared to the February reading of -0.79.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What the Lending Credit Index in January Tells Us Now

    The Conference Board uses credit conditions in the economy as one of the key constituents in its LEI (Leading Economic Index).

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is the Leading Credit Index Signaling Any Business Cycle Changes?

    This constituent of the LEI is an economic model, constructed by modeling changes in six financial market instruments.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How the Leading Credit Index Tracks US Credit Conditions

    Understanding the Leading Credit Index The Conference Board LCI (Leading Credit Index), a constituent in the LEI (Leading Economic Index), is published every month and tracks credit conditions in the US economy by following changes in six financial market instruments: the two-year swap (SHY) spread (real time) the three-month LIBOR[1.Intercontinental Exchange London Interbank Offered Rate] (SCHO) […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Leading Credit Index: October Update

    The Leading Credit Index for October was reported to be -0.70, improving from the revised September reading of -0.64.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Understanding the Leading Credit Index for September 2017

    The Leading Credit Index is an economic model that’s modeled on the performance of six major financial market instruments.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Understanding the Leading Credit Index

    Understanding the Leading Credit Index The Conference Board LCI (Leading Credit Index), a constituent of the LEI (Leading Economic Index), is constructed based on the performance of six financial market instruments. These components track lending conditions in the US economy. Performance of the LCI Improving credit conditions are considered positive for the economy. When the LCI […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Financial Markets Predict for the US Economy

    Understanding the Leading Credit Index The Conference Board Leading Credit Index (or LCI), which tracks lending conditions in the economy, is reported monthly. The index has six constituents: 2-Year Swap Spread (SHY) (real time) LIBOR[1.London Interbank Offered Rate] 3-month (SCHO) less 3-month Treasury-bill (VGSH) yield spread (real time) debit balances in margin accounts at broker dealers […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What the Conference Board LEI Tells Us about the Market

    The Leading Credit Index is one of the constituents of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (or LEI), which is reported by The Conference Board on a monthly basis.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How the Federal Reserve Contributes to a Flattening Yield Curve

    The US unemployment rate is close to the desired 4.5% and inflation has moved closer to the Fed’s target rate of 2.0%.

    By Ricky Cove
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