Weekly economic update for September 25, 2023

Highlights of key economic statistics from last week compiled by Putnam Investments.


  • The Conference Board Leading Economic Index declined 0.4% in August.
  • Housing starts dropped 11.3% in August compared with July, the Census Bureau noted.
  • Existing home sales fell 0.7% in August, according to the National Association of Realtors.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 20,000 to 201,000 in the week ended September 16, 2023.


  • As of September 20, 2023, of the 499 S&P 500 Index companies reporting second-quarter earnings, 379 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The European Commission’s Flash Consumer Confidence Indicator for the euro area and the eurozone decreased in September.


  • Eurostat reported euro area construction output increased 0.8% in July compared with June.
  • Germany’s Federal Statistical Office noted producer prices increased 0.3% in August compared with July.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note increased.
  • The Federal Reserve held rates steady.
  • The Bank of England voted to maintain its current bank rate.
  • The Bank of Japan decided to maintain its current monetary easing policy.


  • Deposit flight continues to pressure banks to tighten lending standards, increasing the potential risk of a credit squeeze.
  • Declining liquidity and deteriorating financial conditions, combined with high valuations, are contributing to a substantial uptick in risk asset volatility.
  • Global leverage is at worrisome levels and will eventually need to be paid for, at a time when most developed markets are facing a fiscal drag from the end of post-pandemic stimulus.

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