Access all important upcoming global economic news, events
and activity that impact financial markets in one place with the FP Markets economic calend
The Economic Calendar is an essential
tool for planning trades and future orders. It lists important upcoming market events along with
economic activity and indicators that could impact global financial markets including Forex. They
fall into a range
of key categories including central banks, inflation, interest rates, economic activity and
politics. The greatest benefit of the Economic Calendar is that the upcoming news and events can
be accessed in real-time from a single page with details, charts and descriptions all provided.
How to Use the Economic
How to Use the Economic Calendar?
It is important
to distinguish between microeconomic and macroeconomic activity. Some news may impact a
particular city such as Tokyo in Japan or Dallas in the United States. In other
circumstances, a country like Germany may benefit or be hindered by economic news more than
its neighbours. Extending further out, an announcement by the ECB is likely to have a
greater influence on Eurozone markets than those of African nations.
Keep track of
the leading economic index or a range of composite indexes such as the coincident index of
major economies. Use the information at hand to help gauge the economic sentiment and
volatility levels of the instruments that you are trading.
How to Use the Economic Calendar?
How to Use the Economic
It is important to distinguish between
microeconomic and macroeconomic activity. Some news may impact a particular city such as
Tokyo in Japan or Dallas in the United States. In other circumstances, a country like
Germany may benefit or be hindered by economic news more than its neighbours. Extending
further out, an announcement by the ECB is likely to have a greater influence on Eurozone
markets than those of African nations.
Keep track of the leading economic index or a
range of composite indexes such as the coincident index of major economies. Use the
information at hand to help gauge the economic sentiment and volatility levels of the
instruments that you are trading.
Economic Calendar Categories
The flow of money can substantially
move foreign exchange rates. The USD 3-Month Bill Auction and 6-Month Bill Auction are among
the common treasury rates that are tracked. Data on long-term treasury rates such as 10-year
and 30-year note auctions are also released.
Relate to the flow of funds in and
out from a particular currency. Import prices, export prices and trade balances are included
in the Economic Calendar. The data may be released as Month-on-Month (MoM),
Quarter-on-Quarter (QoQ) or Year-on-Year (YoY).
Any statements released by
centralised banks are listed. In Australia this includes interest rate statements by the
Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). Announcements from the United States Federal Reserve, Bank
of Japan (BOJ), Bank of Canada (BOC), Swiss National Bank (SNB) and European Central Bank
(ECB) are all closely monitored.
Includes important market
information such as consumer credit, retail sales, bank lending and household spending. A
wide range of data is used to analyse consumer confidence. The Consumer Confidence Index
(CCI) is used to gauge consumer sentiment with all major countries releasing data on a
Includes a wide range of data used
to measure key areas of a country's economy. In this category you will find Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) and economic indicators such as Markit Manufacturing PMI - an index used to
measure economic trends in the manufacturing and service sectors. Figures relating to
Durable Goods Orders can also cause bulls and bears for currencies such as the USD.
Commodities play a crucial
part in the
industrial production process. This is why the supply and cost of crude oil stocks and
natural gas are heavily scrutinised. The EIA stockpiles report is one of the most important
pieces of information in the energy sector.
Public holidays vary throughout the
globe and it is essential to make special note of them as particular markets do not open on
these days. This includes Labor Day in the United States and Bank Holidays in the United
Kingdom. It is also important to note the change in times with many countries having
daylight savings. This is why times are listed in GMT.
This category includes a range of
data including building permits, new home sales, home prices, housing starts, mortgage
applications and construction spending.
Is one of the most important
economic indicators to central banks and forex traders alike. The Consumer Price Index (CPI)
measures the pricing pressures in an economy. It is referenced in all critical reports such
as monetary policy reports and will either strengthen or weaken a currency against its
One of the biggest factors in
determining the perceived value of a currency, whether it be the USD, GBP, EUR, AUD, JPY or
NZD. Interest rate decisions or announcements have an impact on a wide range of categories
and indicators including forex, stock markets and business confidence.
To many, their personal income is
simply a number. To financial markets, the data reflects a sign of strength or weakness in
an economy. Figures on unemployment rates, jobless claims and Employment Cost Index (ECI)
among others, can influence currency markets and foreign exchange rates. The Producer Price
Index (PPI) is another piece of important economic data.
Foreign relations play a pivotal
part in the economy which is why political news and events are very relevant. Elections,
summits and national budgets are closely looked at by investors as they may impact
legislation and monetary policies.
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