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    Finding and Interpreting Macroeconomic Indicators

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    Interpreting Macroeconomic Indicators

    Analyze several indicators of the macroeconomic conditions in an economy, such as interest rates, income, and other indicators such as CPI, inventory levels, wage rates, consumer confidence, etc. You may chose from these indicators:

    Economic growth
    Federal budget
    Federal government spending
    Federal government taxation
    National debt
    Fiscal policy
    Social security
    Interest rates
    Monetary policy
    Stock Market
    Exchange rates
    Foreign economic issues

    Analyze these indicators and explain the expected short term impact on manufacturing firms in terms of product sales and operating costs.

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    You can find economic data at the Federal Reserve research website at http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/

    The most important indicators are called Leading Indicators because they change before the economy as a whole. They include:

    Monetary policy http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/M1
    The Federal Reserve has been pursuing an expansionary monetary policy in an attempt to stimulate investment spending.

    Stock market ...

    Solution Summary

    How to access the Federal Reserve's research database and interpret the economic data to make short-term and long-term predictions about the economy.