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The Beige Book

With so many numbers and statistics to keep up with, some investors simply direct their attention to a compilation of data called the “beige book.” Released eight times a year, the beige book presents statistics from various government agencies about the U.S. economy, including manufacturing, real estate, home construction, consumer spending, employment, and wages. Using the beige book, investors try to get a firmer sense of where the U.S. economy is headed. The beige book is also the source most consulted by the Fed. If the beige book shows warning signs such as inflation or high unemployment, the Fed is more likely to act.


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