US Financial Conditions Are Best In Almost 1 Year
The Bloomberg U.S. Financial Conditions Index "combines yield spreads and indices from the Money Markets, Equity Markets, and Bond Markets into a normalized index. The values of this index are z-scores, which represent the number of standard deviations that current financial conditions lie above or below the average of the 1992-June 2008 period."
MP: The chart above displays the Bloomberg U.S. Financial Conditions Index daily from May 1, 2008 through today (June 3, 2009), and shows that the index is approaching the same levels as June 2008. Based on this measure, financial conditions in the U.S. were at their worst and bottomed in October 2008, and have been improving steadily for the last 7 months. We're now getting back the same financial conditions that prevailed a year ago.