Weekly economic update for December 26, 2023

Weekly economic update for December 26, 2023

Highlights of key economic statistics from last week compiled by Putnam Investments.


  • Real GDP increased at an annual rate of 4.9% in the third quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported.
  • Housing starts jumped 14.8% in November compared with October, the Census Bureau stated.
  • Existing home sales edged higher by 0.8% in November, the National Association of Realtors noted.


  • Initial jobless claims rose by 2,000 to 205,000 in the week ended December 16, 2023, according to the Department of Labor.


  • Corporate profits increased 3.4% at a quarterly rate in the third quarter after increasing 0.2% in the second quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.


  • The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index surged in December.


  • Eurostat reported the euro area annual inflation rate fell to 2.4% in November from 2.9% in October.
  • The European Commission’s Flash Consumer Confidence Indicator for the euro area
    increased in December.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note traded in a range.


  • Deposit flight continues to pressure banks to tighten lending standards, increasing the potential risk of a credit squeeze.
  • Declining liquidity and deteriorating financial conditions, combined with high valuations, are contributing to a substantial uptick in risk asset volatility.
  • Global leverage is at worrisome levels and will eventually need to be paid for, at a time when most developed markets are facing a fiscal drag from the end of post-pandemic stimulus.

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