We read of lagging, leading and coincident economic indicators like the unemployment rate, housing starts and retail sales. In a Congressional hearing, somber Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke recites a litany of indications as he looks into his murky crystal ball to hesitantly forecast the future. In a 5/19/09 WSJ “Currents” article, Justin Lahart explains what some of these indicators are. And there are cool pictures.

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