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Changes to Freddie Mac Dataset in FRED

On November 17, Freddie Mac made a number of enhancements to the Primary Mortgage Market Survey® to improve the collection, quality, and diversity of the data. Instead of surveying lenders, the weekly results are now based on thousands of applications received from lenders across the country that are submitted to Freddie Mac when a borrower applies for a mortgage. Additionally, the PMMS® will no longer publish fees/points or adjustable rates. More information can be found here.

With these changes, FRED has discontinued five series, as follows:

Freddie Mac will continue to update these two series, which will remain in FRED:

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FRED Adds Large Bank Consumer Credit Card and Mortgage Data

FRED has added 75 new series of credit card and mortgage data provided by the largest financial institutions in the United States. They are part of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s FR Y-14M Large Bank Credit Card and Mortgage Data release. These time series provide users with aggregate large bank data on credit card and first-lien mortgages, including portfolio composition, credit performance, origination activities, credit card payment behavior, and credit card line utilization. The data are released on a quarterly frequency.

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FRED Adds New ADP National Employment Report Data

FRED has added 100 new series from Automatic Data Processing, Inc.’s ADP National Employment release. These new series were created in collaboration with the Stanford Digital Economy Lab. These U.S. labor market measures are estimates of the change in private-sector employment derived from actual payroll data of the client companies served by ADP. This data set has been broken down by industry, Census divisions, and establishment size. The data can be displayed with FRED’s new mapping feature and its normal graph options.

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FRED Expands Distributional Financial Accounts

FRED has added 117 new series of Distributional Financial Account (DFA) data from the Board of Governors. DFAs provide quarterly estimates of the distribution of a comprehensive measure of U.S. household wealth, beginning with the third quarter of 1989 and through the most-recent quarter.

These data show the level and share of U.S. household wealth held by four percentile groups of wealth: the top 1 percent, the next 9 percent (i.e., 90th to 99th percentile), the next 40 percent (50th to 90th percentile), and the bottom half (below the 50th percentile). Additionally, the top 1 percent has data divided into the top 0.1 percent (99.9th to 100th percentile) and top 99 to 99.9 percent (99th to 99.9th percentile).

Of the 117 new series, 112 series are data for the top 0.1 percent and top 99 percent to 99.9 percent wealth percentiles, with the remaining additional series being household count and minimum wealth cutoff data.

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FRED Adds Community Bank Sentiment Index

FRED has added eight new quarterly series covering The Community Bank Sentiment Index (CBSI) from the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. The CBSI is an index derived from quarterly polling of community bankers across the nation. As community bankers answer questions about their outlook on the economy, their answers are analyzed and compiled into a single number.

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FRED Expands G.17 Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization

FRED has added 740 new historical and active series from the Board of Governors’ G.17 Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization statistical release.

About one-third of the series are historical series and the remaining two-thirds are active series. The industrial production (IP) index measures the real output of the manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utilities industries; the reference period for the index is 2017. Manufacturing consists of those industries included in the North American Industry Classification System, or NAICS, definition of manufacturing plus those industries—logging and newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishing—that have traditionally been considered to be manufacturing and included in the industrial sector.

A complete description of the market and industry structures, including details regarding series classification, relative importance weights, and data sources, is available on the Board’s website about G.17 Industrial Production Capacity Utilization Releases.

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