A positive value indicates that financial stress is above the long-run average, while a negative value signifies that financial stress is below the long-run average. Another useful way to assess the current level of financial stress is to compare the index to its value during past, widely recognized episodes of financial stress.

Latest data

The Kansas City Financial Stress Index (KCFSI) decreased from 0.23 in November to -0.43 in December and moved below its historical average.


  • 2021 Release Dates

  • Reference period Release dates
    December 2020 Monday, Jan 11, 2021
    January 2021 Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021
    February Tuesday, Mar 9
    March Friday, Apr 9
    April Tuesday, May 11
    May Wednesday, Jun 9
    June Friday, Jul 9
    July Tuesday, Aug 10
    August Thursday, Sept 9
    September Friday, Oct 8
    October Tuesday, Nov 9
    November Thursday, Dec 9
    December Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022
Reference period Release dates
December 2016 Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017
January Wednesday, Feb. 8
February Wednesday, March 8
March Monday, April 10
April Monday, May 8
May Thursday, June 8
June Tuesday, July 11
July Tuesday, Aug. 8
August Monday, Sept. 11
September Tuesday, Oct. 10
October Wednesday, Nov. 8
November Friday, Dec. 8
December Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018