We look to hard data instead of models as much as we can. Two structural components of our research are our surveys of state-level sales and withheld tax receipts, and our indexes of transportation fuel usage.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) produces a number of monthly and quarterly reports that we regularly review. Here are some brief descriptions of their important monthly reports:
Although we review much of the Census Bureau’s research, the only release we write about regularly is the Advance Retail Sales Report, which tracks consumer spending month by month.
Another rich source of information, the Federal Reserve Bank publishes a number of important reports. The ones we write about regularly include: