CB Leading Index

AAA

DEFINITION of 'CB Leading Index'

An index that is a composite average of ten leading indicators in the US. It one of the key elements in the Conference Board's analytic system, which is designed to signal peaks and troughs in the business cycle. Since it is an average, the leading index smooths out some of the volatility of individual components, thereby revealing turning points in the economic data more convincingly than any individual component. Generally known as the leading economic index (LEI).

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'CB Leading Index'

Components of the CB leading index include average weekly manufacturing hours, average weekly initial claims for unemployment insurance, manufacturers' new orders for consumer goods and non-defense capital goods, building permits and stock prices. Other components are indexes of supplier deliveries and consumer expectations, M2 money supply and the interest rate spread between 10-year Treasury bonds and federal funds.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Business Cycle

    The fluctuations in economic activity that an economy experiences ...
  2. M2

    A measure of money supply that includes cash and checking deposits ...
  3. Lagging Indicator

    1. A measurable economic factor that changes after the economy ...
  4. Leading Indicator

    A measurable economic factor that changes before the economy ...
  5. The Conference Board

    A not-for-profit research organization for businesses that distributes ...
  6. Marginal Propensity To Invest

    The ratio of change in investment to change in income. The marginal ...
Related Articles
  1. Retirement

    Consumer Confidence: A Killer Statistic

    The consumer confidence is key to any market economy, so investors need to learn the measures and how to analyze them.
  2. Active Trading

    Leading Economic Indicators Predict Market Trends

    Leading indicators help investors to predict and react to where the market is headed.
  3. Active Trading Fundamentals

    Leading Indicators Of Behavioral Finance

    Discover how put-call ratios and moving averages can be used to analyze investor behavior.
  4. What does Scarcity Mean?
    Economics

    Scarcity

    Scarcity is the basic economic problem that arises because people have unlimited wants, but resources are limited. Because of scarcity, various economic decisions must be made to allocate resources ...
  5. The law of supply and demand is one of the most basic principles in economics.
    Economics

    What is Supply & Demand?

    The law of supply and demand is one of the most basic principles in economics. In simplest terms, the law of supply and demand states that when an item is scarce, but many people want it, the ...
  6. How does Outsourcing Work?
    Economics

    How does Outsourcing Work?

    Outsourcing is the business practice of hiring people outside a company to perform services that traditionally were performed within the company, by the business’s own employees. Companies typically ...
  7. What Does Cyclical Unemployment Mean?
    Economics

    What Does Cyclical Unemployment Mean?

    Cyclical unemployment is the change in job availability due to upswings and downswings in the business cycle. When the economy is robust and booming, cyclical unemployment is at its lowest. When ...
  8. Economics

    How does the Circular Flow Of Income model work?

    Learn about the circular flow of income model used by economists to represent the continuous, interdependent nature of money movement in a market.
  9. With the second-largest economy in the world, China has significant (and growing) influence on the global economy. But how is that impact figured?
    Economics

    A Look At China's Growing Influence On The World

    With the second-largest economy in the world, China has significant (and growing) influence on the global economy. But how is that impact figured?
  10. What is GNP?
    Economics

    What's the GNP?

    Gross national product (GNP) is one of many metrics economists use to measure a country’s economic output. For any one year, GNP equals the market value of all the goods and services produced ...

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Santa Claus Rally

    A surge in the price of stocks that often occurs in the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. There are numerous explanations ...
  2. Commodity

    1. A basic good used in commerce that is interchangeable with other commodities of the same type. Commodities are most often ...
  3. Deferred Revenue

    Advance payments or unearned revenue, recorded on the recipient's balance sheet as a liability, until the services have been ...
  4. Multinational Corporation - MNC

    A corporation that has its facilities and other assets in at least one country other than its home country. Such companies ...
  5. SWOT Analysis

    A tool that identifies the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of an organization. Specifically, SWOT is a basic, ...
  6. Simple Interest

    A quick method of calculating the interest charge on a loan. Simple interest is determined by multiplying the interest rate ...
Trading Center