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Economic Indicators

The Economic Data list will be useful when you are following current market conditions while managing your investments.

United States

Indicator Description Frequency Importance
Durable goods orders Measures the cost of orders received by manufacturers for durable goods Monthly
Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index A survey of personal consumer confidence in economic activity. Bi-monthly
Personal Consumption Expenditures Measures the total expenditure by individuals. Monthly
Employment Cost Index A quarterly measure of the change in the price of labour. Quarterly
Initial job claims Measures the number of people filing first-time claims for state unemployment insurance. Weekly
FED’s president speech Speech of the president of the Federal Reserve before Congress. -
Consumer price index Measure of price movements by the comparison between the retail prices of a representative shopping basket of goods and services. Monthly
Housing Price Index Provides an estimated value of housing market conditions. Monthly
Beige book The Beige Book reports on the current US economic situation. 8 times / year
FOMC Minutes FOMC Minutes are released by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and are a clear guide to the future US interest rate policy. -
Non-Farm payrolls The number of people on the payrolls of all non-agricultural businesses. Monthly
ISM Manufacturing PMI Shows business conditions in the US manufacturing sector Monthly
GDP Index Gross Domestic Product Quarterly
Producer Price Index Measures the average changes in prices in primary markets of the US by producers of commodities in all states of processing Monthly
Industrial Production Shows the volume of production of US industries such as factories and manufacturing. Monthly
Trade Balance A balance between exports and imports of total goods and services. Monthly
Retail Sales Measures the total receipts of retail stores. Monthly

Euro zone

Indicator Description Frequency Importance
Consumer Price Index Measures the changes in the price of goods and services. Monthly
Unemployment Change Germany Measures the change in the number of unemployed people in Germany.  
Industrial Production Measures outputs of the German factories and mines Monthly
ECB Interest Rate Decision ECB Interest Rate Decision is announced by the European Central Bank. Monthly
IFO - Germany German business sentiment index showing current conditions and business expectations in Germany. Monthly
Markit PMI The PMI monthly Composite Reports on Manufacturing and Services, released by Markit Economics, are based on surveys of over 300 business executives in private sector manufacturing companies and also 300 private sector services companies. Monthly
ZEW – EU and Germany Measures the institutional investor sentiment, reflecting the difference between the share of investors that are optimistic and the share of analysts that are pessimistic. Monthly
ECB President Draghi’s speech The European Central Bank’s President's comments may determine positive or negative the Euro's trend in short-term. -

United Kingdom

Indicator Description Frequency Importance
GDP Estimate Gross Domestic Product Quarterly
ILO Unemployment Rate The number of unemployed workers divided by the total civilian labour force. Monthly
Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin Provides regular commentary on market developments and UK monetary policy operations. Monthly
Bank of England’s Governor Speech His comments may determine a short-term positive or negative trend. -
Bank of England – BoE MPC Interest rates are set by the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee. The MPC sets an interest rate it judges will enable the inflation target to be met. Monthly
Manufacturing, Services and Construction PMI Captures business conditions in the manufacturing, services and construction sector. Monthly
Retail Price Index A statistical measure of a weighted average of prices of a specified set of goods and services purchased by consumers. Monthly

Japan

Indicator Description Frequency Importance
GDP Gross Domestic Product Quarterly
Interest Rate Decision Bank of Japan Interest Rate Decision is announced by the Bank of Japan. Monthly
National Consumer Price Index A measure of price movements obtained by comparison of the retail prices of a representative shopping basket of goods and services. Monthly
Bank of Japan Minutes The Bank of Japan publishes a study of economic movements in Japan. -
Tankan Forecasts the growth in the Manufacturing sector for the next quarter. Quarterly
Large Retailer’s Sales Captures the total value of goods sold in large stores, chain convenience stores, and supermarkets. Monthly

Analysis - Economic Indicators

Economic indicators present comparative statistics that provide an overview of recent and future predictions of international economic performance. The indicators include various indices, earnings reports, and economic summaries. As shown in the video, these indicators are used by traders to make informed decisions to assist them when trading the markets.

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