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Handbook of Key Economic Indicators Hardcover – June 30, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (June 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070540454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070540453
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,761,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Rogers, an analyst and economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, has written a much-needed guide to economic indicators. Rogers goes into great detail explaining the frequency of various indicators, the methodologies used, the weighting factors, and the formulas used for the calculations. The bases for many indicators have been revised recently, and many more will be revised in the coming years. Rogers provides comparative notes between the old and new indicators to help the researcher formulate a consistent series. Topics covered by the book include employment, personal income, retail sales, auto sales, the consumer price index and producer price index, industrial production, manufacturers orders, inventories, international trade, construction, gross domestic product, and forecasts and composite indexes. This book should serve as a companion to the Labor Department's Handbook of Methods, which outlines and explains the methodology used in labor statistics. Highly recommended for special, academic, and public libraries.
C. Christopher Pavek, Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett, Inc. Information Ctr., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This handbook is geared to analysts and traders who need quick access to data relating to key U.S. economic indicators. It considers what indicators mean and how they are calculated, compiled, and reported to enhance informed financial decision making. Drawing from his many years of experience as an analyst and macro-economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Rogers deals with such topics as employment, personal income, retail sales, new auto sales, the consumer price index, the producer price index, industrial production and capacity utilization rates, manufacturers' orders, business inventories and sales, the purchasing managers' index, monthly international trade, monthly construction indicators, gross domestic product, and the U.S. Commerce Department's index of leading indicators and other composite indexes. Methodologies behind the indicators are addressed, and suggestion regarding what to look for with each month's statistics appear throughout. Although this book is written primarily for market analysts and investors who desire to improve their expertise and ability to forecast trends in the U.S. economy, government and industry researchers, along with selected academics, also will find it useful. Joseph Leonard --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

R. Mark Rogers has been tracking economic indicators for over a quarter of a century, offering a unique perspective on the economy's ups and downs. He developed his expertise during 19 years with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. There, he briefed the Atlanta Fed president on the economic outlook immediately prior to the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee meetings, which are the Fed's policy meetings. In his role as macroeconomic forecast coordinator for the Macropolicy Group, Mark delved into the nitty-gritty of economic indicators to track the U.S. economy and forecast where it was going.

Currently, Mark is senior U.S. economist with Econoday, a Lafayette, California-based firm that specializes in providing economic data and analysis for investors and traders in financial markets. He keeps his finger on the pulse of the economy, tracking the financial markets and economic news and writing daily analysis for Econoday clients. His weekly summary article, "Simply Economics," provides in-depth analysis of market-moving economic indicators for Econoday clients. In addition to his weekly "Simply Economics" article, he contributes a wide-ranging monthly article on a variety of issues important to investors.

Mark is also the author of the Handbook of Key Economic Indicators (Irwin, 1994; McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, 1998). He has lectured nationally on the use and analysis of economic data with the Institute for Professional Education, in Arlington, Virginia. He teaches economics in an adjunct capacity for Clayton State University, in Morrow, Georgia, and has also taught business forecasting for Emory University in, Atlanta, Georgia.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The Handbook of Key Economic Indicators clearly stands head and shoulders above competing texts in its depth. The first thing I like about this book is that it provides detailed information on important data series and is an invaluable resource to those tracking the nearly daily release of non-financial data. In addition to providing the necessary methodological background for each indicator, the work explains how to interpret each indicator and specifically suggests what to look for when analyzing data reports. I also found that the explanations of the numerous potential sources of monthly volatility are extremely useful- the explanations are clear indications of the author's extensive experience with the data. I was glad to see the Handbook isn't just a rehash of the first edition--it is very current and includes important new sections on the 1996 Boskin Report, the 1998 revisions to CPI (including the impact on inflation growth rates), and the switch in real GDP to a chained dollar basis and how one works with the new data. What I like about this book is that it not only covers the basics in news release interpretation that market analysts want but also that it is an excellent reference for researchers who need a thorough understanding of the major non-financial economic indicators. What sets this work apart is that it has the depth and coverage of methodologies and special topics that similar texts do not have. For the analyst or researcher working with these complicated and often misunderstood data series, I would highly recommend this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
R. Mark Rogers has written a comprehensive, thorough overview of the key U.S. economic indicators. His book would be particularly useful for analysts new to the business, or to seasoned analysts who need to know more about the nitty gritty behind the numbers. Rogers' handbook is filled with more technical information that some people will ever need, and some will find the level of detail intimidating and somewhat cumbersome. However, the compilation of all this information in one source is extremely valuable, and is particularly useful for those who want a deeper understanding of what the economic data say. The level of technical sophistication is what sets this book apart from others. For those who want to understand more about U.S. economic data than the sound bytes on the news or the quotes in the paper provide, this is the book to read.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This work is highly technical. It provides the genesis and sources for all the leading U.S. economic indicators. A dweeb's delight - however it lacks meaningful illustrations. A few charts were provided, but - like the dismal science, the actual text, tables, and raw data are dull, drab, and unimaginative. For my money, a far more "user-friendly" overview is necessary. This book needs some meaningful graphs, colorful illustrations, and an anectode or two. It could have been made far simpler, and easier to understand. As is, the book has only limited value - especially to the investing public. It's a shame the author went to all that work compiling a bunch of data, but, like most dweeb economists, he doesn't effectively communicate.
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By Oscar Cury on October 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book draws from his many years of experience as an analyst and macro-economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Rogers deals with such topics as employment, personal income, retail sales, new auto sales, the consumer price index, the producer price index, industrial production and capacity utilization rates, manufacturers' orders, business inventories and sales, the purchasing managers' index, monthly international trade, monthly construction indicators, gross domestic product, and the U.S. Commerce Department's index of leading indicators and other composite indexes.
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This book is great. It tells you exactly what the various economic series are, and how they are constructed - down to the fine gory details. I suspect this is the best such reference book available. If the author could produce an updated 3rd edition I would buy it immediately.
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