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The Complete Idiot’s Guide® To: Economic Indicators by Mark R. Rogers

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Chapter 17. Manufacturing Surveys: An Early Glimpse

In This Chapter

  • The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing survey

  • The Fed’s District banks’ manufacturing surveys

  • Diffusion indexes

  • Related nonmanufacturing surveys

The financial markets love advance warnings, and early signals for industrial production are no exception. An important early barometer for manufacturing at the national level is a private survey conducted by the Institute for Supply Management (or ISM). The ISM is a nonprofit organization that supports supply management professionals with research, promotional activities, and education. There are also similar surveys conducted by some District Federal Reserve Banks that grab the market’s attention.

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