The following represents a general Table of Contents outline for the US Weekly Economic Briefing.
The actual report may cover any or all of the topics listed below. US Weekly Economic Briefings - Highlights: Briefing on events-driven analysis for the week, which varies depending upon data. - Credit Crunch Watch: - Financial Stress and Monetary Conditions Indicators, along with discussion of their latest movements. Brief discussion of latest trends in the US and Eurozone economies. - Detailed charts of the components of the Financial Stress and Monetary Conditions Indicators. - Credit Crunch Timeline: Summary of major economic events since the beginning of the financial crisis. - Latest Data in Detail: Charts and analysis on the important releases of the previous week, such as: inflation indicators, consumer confidence, retail sales, durable goods orders etc. - The Week Ahead: Scheduled key data releases for the upcoming week, including information on previous data and forecast data. - Key Economic Indicators:
The previous year’s monthly data for a number of key macroeconomic indicators, including the unemployment rate, output, retail sales, inflation, and trade balance. - Key Financial Indicators:
The previous year’s monthly data for a number of key financial indicators including: Short and long term interest rates, key exchange rates, money supply, S&P 500, and reserves.
Despite a frigid employment reading for December, Oxford Economics expects growth of 3.1% in 2014. Reduced fiscal restraint and regained private sector momentum should support growth in the upcoming year. The Fed will however have an interesting role to play: tighten too fast and you risk destabilizing markets, tighten too slow and you risk undesired risk taking and asset bubbles.