The latest edition of the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book, released Wednesday, April 19,2017, continued to deliver a positive view of the U.S. economy. The Beige Book is a qualitative assessment of the U.S. economy and each of the 12 Fed districts individually. The report is prepared eight times per year, ahead of each of the eight Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meetings. We believe the Beige Book is best interpreted by measuring how the key words change over time. The qualitative inputs for the April 2017 Beige Book were collected in early March 2017 through April 10, 2017.