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Do ECRI principals travel to my area?

ECRI's headquarters are located in midtown Manhattan, where we frequently host client meetings. Furthermore, it is possible that we will visit a location near you as our principals regularly travel throughout the world for meetings.

In what format can I download data?

Clients can download index data into Excel on the client dashboard page. The data is also available via daily automated push.

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How do I save a set of indexes I want to download regularly?

Once you log in, look for Download Index Sets on the home page and click Create a new set. You can specify the region, index type, and timeframe for your index set. After you create an index set, you will be able to quickly access it for download from the home page and Reports & Indexes pages.

What do the different colors of lines represent in ECRI charts?

There is a standard color code used for the line colors in our charts:

Green denotes a leading series.
Blue denotes a coincident series.
Pink denotes a lagging series.
Red denotes a leading price (level or growth) series.
Black denotes a coincident price (level or growth) series.

Grey-shaded areas represent business cycle recessions, or cyclical downswings, in the level of a series.

Orange-shaded areas represent growth rate cycle downturns, or cyclical downswings, in the growth rate of a series.

Green-shaded areas represent cyclical downswings in a price level series.

Blue-shaded areas represent cyclical downswings in a price growth rate series.

Other colors and shaded areas may be used occasionally for data that do not fit any of the above descriptions.

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[T]he Economic Cycle Research Institute [is] a private forecasting group with an excellent track record.
- The New York Times
(ECRI's) forecast of the [Great] recession helped us anticipate reduced merchandise sales; we proactively revised our inventory forecasts down months ago, and that has helped to greatly minimize the inventory swell and need for markdowns.
- Fortune 100 Company
In March [2009], the month the market scraped bottom, ECRI went forth with [a] tablepounding historical observation-. The implication could not have been clearer that a market rally, when it started, would be no sucker's affair but the real McCoy.
- Grant's Interest Rate Observer
In the opinion littered world of economic forecasting, ECRI is Mr. Spock - deeply analytical, dispassionate, and accurate.
- ECRI Client
ECRI can justify a certain smugness now that business cycles are back in fashion. The institute called the last two recessions and the current recovery months ahead of the pack.
- Harvard Business Review
Over the last 15 years, [ECRI] has gotten all of its recession calls right, while issuing no false alarms. Oct. 2011
- The New York Times