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The Richmond Fed index is the 3rd regional index in a row to fall sharply back to negative territory after dropping 15 points in May to -1.  Weakness was broad based as new orders, shipments and employment all fell hard.  In fact, the declines registered in the last 2-months are the largest ever recorded in the index’s 23-year history.

The New York Fed released its latest report on household debt.  In the first quarter debt increased by 136 billion to 12.25 trillion, 3.3% below the 2008 peak of 12.68 trillion.  Most of the 1st quarters gain came from mortgage debt +120 billion, followed by student loans up 29 billion, delinquency rates continue to improve slipping .1% to 3.6%.

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