Economic announcements, usually released by governments and other large groups, include interest rates, gross domestic product (GDP), unemployment figures etc. They often affect the economy as a whole, not just an individual company. Such news may well be important to you as a trader, but you should not miss it because it is scheduled months in advance. Traders know a year in advance when the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will meet to discuss interest rate changes. Likewise in the UK and Australia, the government’s budgets and mini-budgets are scheduled well ahead of the actual events. This gives you plenty of time to research the likely content of announcements and position your portfolio accordingly.