Mike Lewis founded Free Market Inc. (FMI) in 1982 as a full-service economic consulting firm, providing insights and in-depth data analysis primarily for institutional money managers and corporate planning directors.
FMI has compiled a solid record of timely, independent and accurate economic forecasts. FMI blends its unique analysis of indicators and experience with economic cycles into a consistent overall outlook. They offer both a comprehensive overview and in-depth detail that enable clients to integrate FMI’s insights into their decision-making process.
FMI's reports are driven by data releases in the U.S. And here are the major releases that they cover,
Personal Income and Consumption
Employment Reports (BLS and ADP)
Producer Price Index
Regional Fed Surveys
Unemployment Insurance Claims
NFIB Small Business Optimism Index
Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey
Pending Home Sales Index
Durable Goods Orders
New Home Sales
Existing Home Sales
Leading Economic Indicators
Consumer Price Index
Bank Lending and Money Supply
Flow of Funds
US Vehicle Production Schedules
Mr. Lewis earned a Master’s in economics from UCLA and has completed all course work and exams towards a Ph.D. He received a bachelor of science from MIT. Before founding FMI, Mr. Lewis was an economist at Data Resources, Inc. and at Atlantic Richfield Co. He was Chief Economist at Stein Roe & Farnham from 1978 to 1982 .
His commentaries have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and other publications. A varsity player in college, he has also coached basketball at the junior college and Division III levels.
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