Visualizing GDP – the consumer is key

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The post below is a guest contribution by Doug Short, writer of the dshort.com blog.

“The chart below is my way to visualize real GDP change since 2007. I’ve used a stacked column chart to segment the four major components of GDP with a dashed line overlay to show the sum of the four, which is real GDP itself.

“Over this time frame, we see that the personal consumption expenditures component has shown the most consistent correlation with real GDP itself. When PCE has been positive, GDP has been positive, and vice versa.”

Source: dshort.com, April 28, 2011.

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