(PRWEB) September 05, 2013
The Cleveland Financial Stress Index (CFSI) is a tool that allows policymakers, financial analysts, and investors to monitor the condition of financial markets. The CFSI has trended down over the past year and is currently signaling a “normal” level of stress in the financial system.
The CFSI also allows users to track levels of stress in each of the six financial submarkets represented in the index: real estate, securitization, credit, equity, funding, and foreign exchange.
For example, the composite index rose slightly in late July and through August as increases in stress levels in the equity and foreign exchange markets surpassed declines in the securitization, credit, and real estate markets.
The CFSI and its components are updated daily at 3 pm ET, enhancing the ability to track the reaction of markets to specific economic events. Downloadable data is now available for each of the 16 components and six financial sectors.
In addition to being a useful tool for financial analysts and investment professionals, the CFSI also allows regulators to monitor stressful episodes as they are building. Early detection is important because when significant stress occurs in multiple markets, overall financial stress can quickly amplify.