We recently added a new Economic Indicators page to our Economy section of MTR Investors Group.
This page contains many insightful charts from the Federal Reserve Economic Database (FRED).
One very insightful chart that was discussed before the 2008 market crash was the "Total Borrowings of Depository Institutions from the Federal Reserve."
The spike that started in early 2008 was a red flag that something was amiss in the banking sector. Finally when the facts came out and more financial institutions required bail outs and had to increase reserves the spike shot up even higher.
Typically FRED charts are not discussed on many websites but can provide valuable insight into the economy and the stock market.
Looking way back over history it was clear something was not quite right