Wednesday , 26 October 2016

Here’s What 4 Financial Stress Indexes Reveal About the U.S. Economy

…The recent turbulence in global markets is a signal that the potentialeconomy8 for macro risk is on the rise. One way to quantify the threat for the U.S. economy is by monitoring four financial stress indexes that are published by regional Fed banks… The following is a summary of where we stand at the moment, based on numbers collected this morning (Oct. 30).

Cleveland Fed US Financial Stress Index

Published daily by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, this benchmark has recently increased to a “moderate” level of financial stress. The +0.67 reading for Oct. 28 is close to a three-year high, but only values at or above +1.82 are considered at a “significant” degree of stress.
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St. Louis Fed US Financial Stress Index

This weekly measure of financial stress has been trending higher lately, reaching -0.84 for the week through Oct. 23 but that’s still considered a low level. According to the St. Louis Fed, “values below zero suggest below-average financial market stress.”
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Chicago Fed National Financial Conditions Index

The Chicago Fed’s weekly index of US financial conditions has also been rising, touching -0.71 for the week through Oct. 23 but the current level still reflects “loose” conditions, as per readings below zero.
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Kansas City Fed US Financial Stress Index

This monthly benchmark of financial stress reached a 3-year high in September 2015. Relative to the last several business cycles, however, the current reading remains well below levels that have previously signaled high risk.
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Although all of these benchmarks show that risk has increased lately, current levels remain well below their respective danger zones. That’s no guarantee of smooth sailing, but the fact that financial stress remains in the “normal” if slightly elevated range suggests that this variety of risk isn’t a major threat for the U.S. economy at the moment…

The odds are low that a financial-related catalyst will create a problem for the U.S. in the near term.

[The above article*, written by James Picerno, originally appeared on and is presented above by the editorial team of (Your Key to Making Money!) and the FREE Market Intelligence Report newsletter (see sample here – register here) in a slightly edited ([ ]) and abridged (…) format to provide a fast and easy read.]