Written by Steven Hansen
ECRI’s WLI Growth Index which forecasts economic growth six months forward was little changed and remains well into expansion.
Analyst Opinion of the trends of the weekly leading indices
Please note that the coronavirus is a black swan event and the decline was immediate. In theory, this index is now indicating that in the second or third quarter of 2021 the economy should be in expansion year-over-year
Here is this week’s update on ECRI’s Weekly Leading Index (a positive number indicates growth):
Weekly Leading Index Rises Further
ECRI’s U.S. Weekly Leading Index (WLI) increased to 157.0, a record high. The growth rate slipped further to 23.9%.
ECRI has long determined business cycle and growth rate cycle chronologies for 22 countries that can be freely accessed here.
The WLI is one of many ECRI U.S. leading indexes, including some with longer leads over cyclical turning points in economic growth.
For a quick glance at the WLI’s recent performance, please see the chart below.
The Best Way to Use the Weekly Leading Index (WLI)
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U.S. Coincident Index:
ECRI produces a monthly coincident index. The March economy’s rate of growth (released in April) showed the rate of growth improved and continued in expansion.
U.S. Lagging Index:
ECRI produces a monthly Lagging index. The March economy’s rate of growth (released in April) showed the rate of growth declined and remains in contraction.
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