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) increased slightly from -0.05 in August to 0.08 in September but remained close to its historical average.


  • 2020 Release Dates

  • Reference period Release dates
    December 2019 Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020
    January 2020 Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020
    February Tuesday, Mar 10
    March Thursday, Apr 9
    April Monday, May 11
    May Tuesday, Jun 9
    June Thursday, Jul 9
    July Tuesday, Aug 11
    August Wednesday, Sept 9
    September Friday, Oct 9
    October Tuesday, Nov 10
    November Wednesday, Dec 9
    December Monday, Jan 11, 2021
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