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AgLetter is a quarterly newsletter on agricultural land values and credit conditions, based on data from the Bank's survey.


Brave-Butters-Kelley Indexes (BBKI)

The Brave-Butters-Kelley Indexes (BBKI) for the U.S. are constructed from a collapsed dynamic factor analysis of a panel of 500 monthly measures of real economic activity and quarterly real gross domestic product (GDP) growth. Monthly updates to the BBKI are released at 8:30 a.m. ET on scheduled days.


Chicago Fed Advance Retail Trade Summary (CARTS)

The Chicago Fed Advance Retail Trade Summary (CARTS) tracks the U.S. Census Bureau's Monthly Retail Trade Survey (MRTS) on a weekly basis, providing an early snapshot of national retail spending. Updates to CARTS are released at 10:00 a.m. ET on scheduled days. The first release of the month covers the entirety of the previous month, and the second release covers the first half of the current month.


Chicago Fed Insights

Chicago Fed Insights is a blog covering topics relevant to a national audience.


Chicago Fed Letter

Chicago Fed Letter delivers timely economic analysis of issues affecting the regional and national economy.


Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI)

The Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) is a monthly index designed to gauge overall economic activity and related inflationary pressure. The CFNAI is released at 8:30 a.m. ET on scheduled days, normally toward the end of each calendar month.


Chicago Fed Survey of Economic Conditions (CFSEC)

The Chicago Fed Survey of Economic Conditions (CFSEC) is a survey of organizations located in the Seventh Federal Reserve District. The Chicago Fed produces diffusion indexes based on the quantitative questions in the survey that are released at 10:00 a.m. ET on scheduled days, normally in the second week of each calendar month.


Economic Mobility Project

The Chicago Fed Economic Mobility Project provides evidence-based research on the factors and policies that affect economic mobility to those who can enact meaningful change.


Economic Perspectives

Economic Perspectives is a journal of in-depth articles reporting on the Bank's economic research.


Federal Markets Group (FMG) Mailing List

Notifications about new publications and upcoming conferences from FMG.


LaSalle Street: Financial Markets Insights Podcast

A podcast on derivatives markets, clearinghouses, financial technology, and emerging issues shaping our global financial markets. This show is hosted by the Financial Markets Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.


Lead Service Line Replacement

Staff at the Chicago Fed are using our expertise in public policy, finance, and community economic development to help find ways to overcome the challenges around Lead Service Line Replacement, as part of the Federal Reserve’s broader mission to foster economic opportunity, advance a strong and inclusive economy, and promote an efficient financial system.


Michigan Economy Blog

Written by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Detroit Branch staff. Provides commentary and analysis on all things related to Michigan's economy.


Midwest Economy Blog

Offers current information on the Midwest economy, as well as analysis of important public policy issues.


National Financial Conditions Index (NFCI)

The Chicago Fed's National Financial Conditions Index (NFCI) provides a comprehensive weekly update of U.S. financial conditions, while the adjusted National Financial Conditions Index (ANFCI) expresses the index relative to current economic conditions. Both are released at 8:30 a.m. ET on scheduled days, normally toward the middle of each week, and cover the period through the previous Friday.


Project Hometown

Stay up to date with notifications about the Project Hometown initiative.


Working Papers

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago publishes working papers written by staff economists on a variety of topics in economics. These papers are subject to revision or subsequent publication in external, peer-reviewed journals.


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