Are you a market-watching junkie, allowing your blood pressure to rise and fall with the Dow? If so, you may want to tune in to Business Insider's list of "36 weird economic indicators you've never heard of." Trust me, they're much more interesting to track than the Dow.
I wrote a column, not nearly as comprehensive but along the same lines, in my previous life as editor of Paperboard Packaging. (Yes, there's a trade magazine for everything.)
How about this one: the speed contractors return calls. "The concept: Always busy with other clients, getting a contractor to return a call
can be a big hassle during a home renovation project. So, the quicker a
contractor returns your calls, the worse the economy is doing."
Is that true for you?