It’s 2022, friends. So if you have a wall or desk calendar, it’s time to swap it out. FRED has some price data about calendars—specifically, the producer price index (PPI) for calendars, yearbooks, and some other related but unspecified publications. This data series measures how much the producers of these goods are paid for each unit.
In the FRED graph above, it looks like this industry was able to achieve steadily increasing prices until 2008, when prices remained stuck and even dropped 20% in April 2014. Starting in 2018, prices get a bit wild. Is this an industry in upheaval? Certainly, smart phones and watches have provided new competition to paper calendars.
FRED also has a calendar, which tracks data releases. But like everything in FRED, this calendar is free.
How this graph was created: Search FRED for “calendar.” That’s it.
Suggested by Christian Zimmermann.