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Federal Reserve Flow of Funds - Balance Sheet Historical Data
The Federal Reserve Board's Z.1 flow of funds report is a quarterly survey. It shows the flow of funds between households, government, businesses and financial institutions in the United States of America.
It also shows debts, mortgages and savings levels. The flow of funds release contains a lot of data and time series divided into several categories: flows - seasonally adjusted annual rates, flows - unadjusted quarterly rates, outstanding - unadjusted, balance sheet, debt growth - adjusted annual rates and supplementary tables.
This item downloads historical data from the balance sheet category; it downloads exactly the not seasonally adjusted balance sheet of nonfarm nonfinancial corporate business.
The data contains 25 time series, including the flow of funds corporate bonds liability, nonfarm nonfinancial corporate business total mortgages liability, commercial paper issued by nonfinancial firms liability, inventory outstanding at replacement cost (NIPA), net worth (market value) and corporate equities liability.
The last two items (time series) are used to calculate the Q-Ratio, which is a market valuation method. The Q-Ratio and the cyclically adjusted Price-earnings ratio are considered the only valid methods to estimate the value of the stock market. The Q-Ratio indicator can be downloaded here Measure the value of the stock market using the Q-Ratio valuation method.
The historical data is available from 1952 to present. The last release numbers are automatically downloaded by this item. You just have to run the downloader just after the FED - Federal Reserve releases the flow of funds report. The report is released during the second week of March, June, September and December.
The last release occurred on June 10, 2010 and the next release will occur on September 17, 2010.