A method of measuring a segment of the economy by tracking changes in representative data. See Consumer Price Index; Employment Cost Index; export Price Index; import Price Index; Help Wanted Index; ISM Index; leading indicator Index; Producer Price Index; consumer sentiment Index. A composite measure of 1) a segment of the economy or the economy as a whole 2) the performance of an industry, sector, or the broader market. See Dow Jones Industrial Average; S&P 500; NASDAQ 100; Russell 3000; Wilshire 5000.

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