NPR has been running a great series for the past year called “Uncommon Economic Indicators” in which they ask people for unusual signs of how the economy is doing. I have my own indicator that I’ve been following this past year – the amount of business cards I’m printing. New orders usually mean people are starting businesses or expanding, and re-orders usually indicate that companies are hiring.
2009 was slow for business cards, but I have to say that orders are on the upswing since November – maybe that means we’re heading in the right direction. Now let’s see if Wall Street rallies tomorrow based on my report. :)