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Capital Changes in China

From Economic Synopses: Relatively speaking, the U.S. pays less to borrow and China earns less from lending. New Chinese policies may change that.

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Who Benefits from Too Big To Fail?

From Economic Synopses: “Too Big To Fail” has some consequences that may not be so obvious.

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FRED Adds 1,993 Banking and Monetary Statistics Series

FRED has added 1,993 historical series from the Banking and Monetary Statistics, 1914-1941 release of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. This addition includes only data from Section 1 (General Statistics of All Banks in the United States) and Section 2 (Assets and Liabilities of All Member Banks).More data and information about this release can be found on FRASER.

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FRED Adds 1137 Multifactor Productivity Series

FRED has added 1137 annual series from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on multifactor productivity. Multifactor productivity is measured as output per unit of combined input to see how inputs are used to produce the goods and services. These data are broken down into private business, private nonfarm business, and manufacturing sectors starting in 1987. The manufacturing sector is further broken down into 18 manufacturing industries.

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FRED Adds 50 Minimum Wage Series


FRED has added 50 annual minimum wage series published by the U. S. Department of Labor. The data cover the federal minimum wage and the minimum wages of 45 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and 4 U.S. territories from the year 1968 to the present. The information in FRED also includes specific legislative justifications and identifies points in time when no state or other minimum wage has existed.

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FRED Moved Uptown

You can now visit FRED at Take a brief tour of its new forms and functions.

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FRED has moved into fancy new digs. Take a tour!

FRED has moved to Don’t worry, though: All your old links will find FRED’s new place. As you enter, the first thing you’ll notice is FRED’s bold and beautiful graph.


By popular demand, the information about the graph, such as the last observation and units, now updates with changes to the graph.

Speaking of editing the graph, all of the controls for modifying or sharing the graph are found by clicking the “Edit Graph” button. Clicking the button causes a panel to slide out from the left. Changes to the graph can be made while viewing the graph. You can even mouse-over the graph to see the latest values or change the date range without closing the panel.


Another new feature is the ability to share a graph with an automatically updating time range. Click the share icon on the slide-out panel, select the type of link you want, and select how you want the graph to update.


Now if you’ll just follow me to the bottom of the page, you’ll notice our related content. As we make our way to the related content, we’ll pass our new Notes section, which is a handy place to find a link to the source of the data. We’ve added thousands of items of related content to make it easier for you to find the right data, economic education activity, or scholarly document.


Also under Related Content, we have links to categories, more data from the source, and release tables.


We’ve had release tables for a while now, but maybe you’re unfamiliar with them. Basically, they give you access to the data in a release-type format similar to what you would find at the source.


Well, that concludes our tour of FRED’s stylish new digs. We hope you love the new place as much as we loved creating it. Drop us a line to let us know what you think.
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Institute for Supply Management Data To Be Removed from FRED

On June 24, FRED will no longer include data from the Institute for Supply Management. All 22 series from the Manufacturing ISM Report on Business and the Non-Manufacturing ISM Report on Business will be deleted from the FRED database, Excel Add-in, mobile apps, APIs, and all other FRED services.

Custom links to these series or custom graphs that contain these series may be broken or may return unexpected results. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope you continue to find value in our free data services.

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FRED Adds 49 GDPNow Series

FRED has just added 49 quarterly series from the GDPNow release from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, which provides a “nowcast” of the official GDP estimate prior to its release. The GDPNow headline series forecasts real GDP growth by aggregating 13 GDP subcomponents using chain-weighting methodology, 24 series are contributions to the percent change in GDPNow, and 24 series are subcomponents of the nowcast.

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FRED-MD Has Been Updated

The FRED monthly database for macroeconomic research (FRED-MD) now includes the May 2016 vintage. This database, designed for the empirical analysis of “big data,” is described in detail in a St. Louis Fed working paper by Michael W. McCracken and Serena Ng.

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