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Using the US Federal Reserve Economic Data - FRED Database

With the FRED database enabled on your account it's possible to chart over 750,000 datasets compiled by the US Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis, such as employment rates, GDP, and government bond yields.

With so much data at your fingertips it can be a challenge to find exactly what you need, so the best option is to visit the FRED website first and search the database, or click on the links on their homepage for popular charts (eg DGS10 for US 10 year yields, or UNRATE for US unemployment).

Once you have found the data series required, open the chart on the FRED website and locate the code (usually near the name, or in the page URL). In this example, I searched for the 10 year UK Government yield, which has the code IRLTLT01GBM156N:

Highlight and copy the code, and then in Optuma open the Security Selection window and paste it in the search box:

Once highlighted, double-click to open the chart, and then apply tools and indicators.

Note: because of the size of the database the data is set to download on demand, ie the chart will only update when it is opened. Right-click on the link below and Save Link As (or Save Target As) to save a sample workbook containing FRED charts.


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