Behind the Numbers

The weekly Behind The Numbers report provides an easy to understand analysis of the most up-to-date economic data, including Federal Reserve activity. This timely report allows credit union management to focus on the changing dynamics that could impact members’ financial conditions, as well as the fluctuating interest rate environment. Included in the report is a summary of current and historical key interest rates, financial market indicators, investment yields and credit union loan rates.

  • A Painful Hike

    September 23, 2022

    The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) did what we expected – it raised the fed funds rate by 75 basis points for a third time this year to a range of 3% - 3.25%. What...
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  • Inflation is Back!

    September 16, 2022

    The financial markets were set up for a consumer price index (CPI) report that would show inflation was continuing to fall from the peak level reached earlier this year. That is the problem with expectations – they disappoint at the worst time. Instead, the...
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  • What More Can We Say?

    September 09, 2022

    Federal Reserve officials are doing all they can to convince the financial markets they mean business in the fight against inflation. The latest attempt came in the form of...
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  • Goldilocks is Back in the House

    September 02, 2022

    It was a goldilocks report – not too bad, not too good, but just right for the economy and the Federal Reserve. U.S. employers added 315,000 jobs in August, more than estimated....
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  • Can Never Get Too Much Fed Talk

    August 26, 2022

    It was another week of waiting and guessing what the Federal Reserve is thinking. The set-up came as the financial markets prepared for the annual Jackson Hole Economic...
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