Each value in B is the amount that the Federal Reserve balance sheet changed for a given week.

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Largest drop since...

This past week, the balance sheet decreased by $31,617.

This is the largest drop since Dec 29th.

These values are highlighted in the data above.


It would be nice to have a column that calculates this for us. I.e. something like weeks since larger drop.

Example with the last 4 manually filled out:

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So, on 2022-05-25 when the balance sheet dropped $31,617, it was the biggest drop since 2021-12-29. And it had been 21 weeks since that larger drop.

What's a good way to have a formula that calculates these extra columns?


Seems like the logic should be:

  • Search backward for the lower value
  • Get the date at that row
  • Compute date diff. Find number of weeks from that.

Link to sheet

Here's a link to the Google Sheet shown above, in case you'd like to experiment on the data.

  • What qualifies as a large drop? From what I can see, row 132 is a pretty large drop, comparatively larger than row 140 anyways.
    – David Tan
    May 29 at 6:01
  • 1
    I understood that it is necessary to take into consideration the FIRST drop larger than the current one among the previous ones
    – Daniele
    May 29 at 6:28
  • @Daniele, For now I've used a C# program to generate the additional columns. It's provided below.
    – dharmatech
    Jun 2 at 8:37
  • @Daniele, I've also set this up in Excel: webapps.stackexchange.com/a/164945/293007
    – dharmatech
    Jun 4 at 4:31

3 Answers 3


This formula for "Last Larger Date" works on google sheet (it must be dragged) and gives a result that matches the image of your first post:

IF($B2 > 0, 
LOOKUP(2, 1 / (N($B1:B$2) > $B2), IF($B1:B$2<0,$A1:A$2,)), 
LOOKUP(2, 1 / (N($B1:B$2) < $B2), $A1:A$2)

for the week count this calculation is enough (no need to drag it):



  • Very nice Daniele! Looks similar to the Excel formulas.
    – dharmatech
    Jun 5 at 20:27

For now, I've used a C# program to import the CSV data and output a new CSV file with the additional columns.


using System;
using System.Globalization;
using CsvHelper;
using CsvHelper.Configuration;

namespace WalclWeeksSinceLarger
    public class FedBalanceSheetCsvRow
        [CsvHelper.Configuration.Attributes.Index(0)] public DateTime Date { get; set; }
        [CsvHelper.Configuration.Attributes.Index(1)] public decimal Change { get; set; }

    public class Data
        public DateTime Date { get; set; }
        public decimal Change { get; set; }
        public DateTime LastLarger { get; set; }
        public int WeeksSinceLarger { get; set; }

    internal class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            var config = new CsvConfiguration(CultureInfo.InvariantCulture) { };

            // From:
            //     https://fred.stlouisfed.org/graph/?g=PRKH

            var fed_balance_sheet_items =
                new CsvReader(new StreamReader(@"..\..\..\WALCL.csv"), config)

            var result = fed_balance_sheet_items.Select(item => 
                var ls = fed_balance_sheet_items.TakeWhile(elt => elt.Date < item.Date).Reverse().ToList();

                var null_data = new Data()
                    Date = item.Date,
                    Change = item.Change

                if (item.Change == 0) return null_data;
                var obj = item.Change > 0 ?
                    ls.FirstOrDefault(elt => elt.Change > item.Change) :
                    ls.FirstOrDefault(elt => elt.Change < item.Change);

                if (obj == null) return null_data;

                return new Data()
                    Date = item.Date,
                    Change = item.Change,
                    LastLarger = obj.Date,
                    WeeksSinceLarger = (int)(item.Date - obj.Date).TotalDays / 7

            using (var writer = new StreamWriter(@"..\..\..\out.csv"))
            using (var csv = new CsvWriter(writer, CultureInfo.InvariantCulture))

Example Output:

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I was also able to set this up in Excel.

Note the three additional columns below:

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The data is in an Excel table (note the structured references).



= IF( [@[WALCL_CHG]] > 0,
    LOOKUP(2, 1 / ($B$2:B1015 > [@[WALCL_CHG]]), $B$2:B1015),
    LOOKUP(2, 1 / ($B$2:B1015 < [@[WALCL_CHG]]), $B$2:B1015))


= IF( [@[WALCL_CHG]] > 0,
    LOOKUP(2, 1 / ($B$2:B1015 > [@[WALCL_CHG]]), $A$2:A1015),
    LOOKUP(2, 1 / ($B$2:B1015 < [@[WALCL_CHG]]), $A$2:A1015))


= IF( [@[WALCL_CHG]] > 0,
    DATEDIF(LOOKUP(2, 1 / ($B$2:B1015 > [@[WALCL_CHG]]), $A$2:A1015), [@DATE], "d") / 7,
    DATEDIF(LOOKUP(2, 1 / ($B$2:B1015 < [@[WALCL_CHG]]), $A$2:A1015), [@DATE], "d") / 7)


The above formulas do not appear to work in Google Sheets.

Example file

Link to spreadsheet.


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