From markets to real estate to the dollar to retail, the data on whether the economy is recovering or not is hella confused.

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The economy is nothing if not confounding right now.

Across every domain, from real estate to oil to retail, there are bull signals and bear signals. 

See also: 6 Things Jobless Claims Tell Us About the State of the Real Economy

Signals we're tracking:

  • Markets - strong stock recovery vs. growth in cash deposits
  • Employment - growth in jobs vs. persistent continuing jobless claims
  • Retail - growth in foot traffic vs. demand destruction
  • Oil - growth in demand (but not in economically productive diesel)
  • Real estate - surge in mortgage applications vs. worst home sales since 2010
  • Dollar - declining confidence vs. there is no alternative 
  • COVID-19 - reduced death rates in the U.S. vs. growing caseload

What’s the answer? Is this just a narrative mirage recovery? Listen and find out.

See also: 5 Numbers That Tell the Story of Markets Right Now

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