By Matthew Goldstein

 When you think of Cleveland, finance isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.

 If you’re old enough or a rock-and-roll historian, you might say DJ Alan Freed (and i don’t mean DJ as in electronic dance music).1 Or maybe, the old adage  “mistake by the Lake” comes to mind.

But the Cleveland Fed is breaking some new ground with its new and improved financial stress index. In time, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cleveland Financial Stress Index becomes a regular go to index for traders–especially macro and volatility types. And it probably won’t be long before someone is modeling some algo to track the CFSI performance if it hasn’t already been done.

The first notable innovation with the Cleveland stress index which previously had been published monthly, is now being updated daily. The daily updates will give economists and traders a better real-time look at what is going on in the financial landscape with risk building up in the system.

It’s worth noting that the better-known St. Louis Fed Financial Stress Index is updated weekly. The Kansas City Fed Financial Stress Index is updated monthly.