Welcome to a new feature on
-- the Economic Databank.
Its purpose is to give you anytime access to charts and links that previously have been available only in the tables that appeared in our daily Bond Focus stories.
The databank has four features, which you can navigate by clicking on the labeled tabs. The features are:
- A weekly economic calendar.
An alphabetical list of all the economic indicators we follow, with options for bringing up charts and other information about them.
A page of historical charts for the benchmark 30-year Treasury bond and a few other key interest rates and trends.
A page of links to sources of economic and bond data on the Web.
The calendar is a chronological list of the week's economic releases, events and Treasury auctions. We'll post it each Thursday night for the following week, and fill in the numbers as they become available. At the end of each day we'll shade that day's items in gray; upcoming events will remain in yellow.
The calendar takes the place of those tables that used to appear in the Bond Focus stories. We hope the fact that it's bigger and easier to read makes up for the fact that you need to go to a separate page for it. You'll only have to click once, though. There's a direct link to the calendar in the stories.
The calendar offers many of the same features as the tables did. You can click on the name of the indicator for a definition, on the name of the source for the press release, and on the chart button for a chart.
At the end of the week, the calendar will be archived. To look up old calendars, go to the
Markets archive and click on Economic Databank in the right margin.
On this page you'll find an alphabetical list of economic indicators. For each one you can hit the Info button for a glossary definition. If we track an indicator, you can also hit the Chart button for a chart. And if it is released on the Web, you can find it by hitting the Source button.
Here we give you historical charts of the yields of the key Treasury securities -- the 30-year bond, the 10-year note and the two-year note. We also chart the spread between the long bond and the two-year note (a popular measure of the slope of the yield curve), the fed funds rate and, for the monetarists among you, the growth rate of the M2 measure of money supply.
On this page we basically give you our Bookmarks/Favorites. You've got the home pages for the major government and private sources of economic indicators, the
and all the District Feds, and assorted other sites. The main Fed site has all of Alan Greenspan's speeches, the schedule of Federal Open Market Committee meetings, and historical interest rate tables. The Treasury Department and Bureau of the Public Debt sites have information about Treasury auctions and refundings. The Bond Market Association has an excellent library of links to bond-related Web sites. The Chicago Board of Trade's MarketPlex site gives delayed quotes on interest-rate (and other) futures contracts. And the PIMCO sites publish the writings of bond market guru Bill Gross. Have we overlooked any particularly useful sites? Please
let us know.