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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Exports as A % of GDP of Major Countries

Goods Exported in the Latest 12 Months


Household Debt in OECD Countries

Debt as % of Gross Disposable Income

Economic Performance of U.S.A.

EPI Score from 1790 to 1900


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EPI Score from 1900 to 2010


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The Economic Performance Index (EPI) is a macro-indicator that examines the overall performance of a country’s economy and reports any deviation from the desired level of economic performance.

Similar to the construction of GDP, which measures the overall output of an economy, the EPI reflects the active in the economy’s three main sectors: households, firms, and government.

The EPI comprises variables that influence all three sectors simultaneously:

  • the inflation rate as a measure of the economy’s monetary stance;
  • the unemployment rate as a measure of the economy’s production stance;
  • the budget deficit as a percentage of total GDP as a measure of the economy’s fiscal stance; and
  • the change in real GDP as a measure of the aggregate performance of the entire economy.

An EPI score can be calculated annually, quarterly, or monthly by taking a total score of 100 percent and subtracting the inflation rate, the unemployment rate, the budget deficit as a percentage of GDP, and, finally, adding back the percentage change in real GDP, all weighted and calculated as deviations from their desired values.

A grade is then assigned to these scores to further communicate economic performance in a manner easily understood by everyone. This methodology is effective for measuring economic performance for economies at a national, subnational, or multinational level.

Source: The Economic Performance Index (EPI): an Intuitive Indicator for Assessing a Country’s Economic Performance Dynamics in an Historical Perspective

2013 Public Sector Debt Issuance by Selected Countries

Debt as % of GDP


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U.S. Real GDP from 1790 to 2012

Decade Average Growth


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U.S. Private and Public Debt as a % of GDP Since 1870

Nominal U.S. GDP, With or Without QE

Data for the Last 6 quarters


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ECRI Future Inflation Gauge vs Fed Fund Rate

Is the Fed setting the stage for economic bust as in the ultra-loose stance during 2002 to 2004?

U.S. Economic Hard Data vs Soft Data

Hard data are painting a different picture of the current economy

Household Debt-to-Income Ratio of Canada and U.S.

Data Since 1990


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U.S. 1-month T-bill

Data Since 2008


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