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Top FRED Blog posts in 2021

FRED is all about statistics, and the FRED Blog is all about discussing them. It’s early January, so we’ll take some time for introspection and setting new goals based on statistics from this past year.

The list below shows the FRED Blog posts from 2021 that our users have read the most. Unlike other top lists, we waited until the year was completely over to avoid subsequent revisions (for which we’d need to launch the ALFRED Blog).

Here are the most-viewed posts written in 2021:

  1. What’s behind the recent surge in the M1 money supply?
  2. Savings are now more liquid and part of “M1 money”
  3. Turkey or Tofurkey?
  4. No taper tantrum this time?
  5. The jump in used car prices

Obviously, our readers have been intrigued by the surge in M1, which was discussed early in the year. We figure that posts from later in the year haven’t had a fair chance to bubble up, as they’ve been visible and available for a shorter time for classroom use, journalism, or sharing among friends. Hence, it also makes sense to look at which posts from all years were read the most in 2021:

  1. What’s behind the recent surge in the M1 money supply?
  2. The price and weight of a bar of gold
  3. How to calculate the term premium
  4. Incomes determine house prices
  5. Savings are now more liquid and part of “M1 money”

How this graph was created: Click the link for our top blog post to get the instructions.

Suggested by Christian Zimmermann.



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