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by CI Staff provides access to a wealth of economic data, the majority of which is for the U.S. The real value of the website is found in its database, which stores historical economic data going back to 1949.

The amount of data provided by is exhaustive. Clicking on Browse Data Titles at the top of the home page takes users to an overview of all the data stored at the website, separated into sections. The interest rates area, a subsection of the Federal Reserve, Board of Governors category, provides daily and monthly interest rate data, including bank prime loan rate, federal funds rate and discount rate, just to name a few. Within the Federal Reserve, Board of Governers category, there are also separate subsections for the money supply, reserves of depository institutions, assets and liabilities of commercial banks, credit market debt outstanding, consumer credit, and household debt service and financial obligations ratios.

Another category offers access to economic figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, including, but not limited to, manufacturing shipments, retail sales and inventories and housing construction. Each individual subsection lists data broken down by region or season.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is also presented, as is data from the Department of Commerce, the Department of Labor, the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Energy. The figures on hand are all broken down into specific sections. For instance, employment data is provided by state and metropolitan area; consumer price index by item, place and product; and international employment by country. Data on LIBOR (a benchmark index used for adjustable-rate mortgages) and figures from the Bank of Japan and the Central Bank of Europe are all available.

Lastly, the website offers three different levels of services. Users are allowed free access to all the data provided at In addition, users can, for free, create single and multiple series charts using the data provided and retrieve stock market data using’s Excel macros. Level 1 subscribers are able to copy and paste data directly from the site to Excel, access the data sources, and save charts, and they are provided with self-updating Excel files and a “personal workspace” that can be accessed from any computer. Level 2 subscribers are provided with all this and, in addition, economic forecasts.

Price: Free access to database, $50 per year for Level 1, $200 per year for Level 2


John from ID posted over 4 years ago:

Years ago AAII had article about Excess Return and how to calculate the Excess Return. The calculation uses ValueLine information on the Weekly Index page that has the Stock P.E. ratio, the Stock yield and the estimate for the 3-5 year stock appreciation.
Can I get this infomation from Is their a source other than Value Line ?

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