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ECONOMIC INDICATORS… “Leading the World” Final Part

Hello Friends here we come up with an extension of our previous blog,

ECONOMIC INDICATORS… “Leading the World” Part 2.


Economic Indicators - Leading the World Final Part


In previous Blog, we had touched upon the classified categories of Economic indicators in details and about Time Era.


Now in this final part we would know what major economic indicators are!!


Major Economic Indicators :


· Gross Domestic Product (GDP):

Indicates the pace at which a country’s economy is growing or shrinking.


· Industrial Production:

Measures the change in the production of the nation’s factories, mines and utilities, industrial production also measures the country’s industrial capacity utilization.


·Purchasing Managers Index (PMI):

This index includes data on new orders, production, supplier delivery times, backlogs, inventories, prices, employment, export and import orders.


·Producer Price Index (PPI):

Measures average changes in selling prices received by domestic producers in the manufacturing, mining, agriculture, and electric utility industries.


The PPIs most often used for economic analysis are those for finished goods, intermediate goods, and crude goods.


Consumer Price Index (CPI):

Measures the average price level paid by urban consumers (80% of the population in major currency countries) for a fixed basket of goods and services.


Durable Goods:

Measures new orders placed with domestic manufacturers for immediate and future delivery of factory hard goods.

This figure is a useful measure of certain kinds of customer demand.


Employment Cost Index (ECI):

ECI counts the number of paid employees working part-time or full-time in the nation’s business and government establishments.


Retail Sales:

It is the indicator of broad consumer spending patterns and is adjusted for normal seasonal variation, holidays, and trading-day differences.


Housing Starts:

Measures the number of residential units on which construction is begun each month.




Thus to conclude,

Economic indicators is a tool for an investor..

for knowing the economic world & simultaneously smartly making money out of the sensitive movements of the financial & commodities market.




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ECONOMIC INDICATORS… “Leading the World” Part 1

Hello Friends here we come up with our another write up on “SMC Gyan Series”.


Topic is ECONOMIC INDICATORS… “Leading the World”.

Here, we would go through the Brief of like what are Economic Events & Indicators and important sources of data provider for calculating & determining economic indicators.



ECONOMIC INDICATORS… “Leading the World”


Economic Events & Indicators are statistics that precede an economic event.


The goal is to track the economy & derive a forecast for future performance.


Economic indicators have tremendous potential to generate volume and to move prices of commodities futures as well as the financial markets including Forex.

Tools of Construction: This would include separate sections of statistical methods including

– Calculating indices and re-basing them,

– Differences between arithmetic and geometric averages,

– Standard deviations,

– Regression analysis,

– Correlation and causation,

– Margins of error in statistics calculations and

– What this means for interpretation, subsequent revisions and why they happen.



Economic indicators include various indices, earnings reports, and economic summaries.


Examples : unemployment rate,  housing starts,  Consumer Price Index (a measure for inflation),  Consumer Leverage Ratio,  industrial production,  bankruptcies,  Gross Domestic Product,  broadband internet penetration,  retail sales,  stock market prices,  money supply changes etc;



The important sources of data provider for calculating & determining economic indicators are like:

– Bureau of Labor Statistics,

– Census of Construction Industries,

– Bureau of Economic Analysis &

– Reserve Bank.



The value of the indicator data is considered important if it presents new information, or is instrumental to drawing conclusions which couldn’t be drawn under other reports or data.


Each indicator is marked with “H”-“M”-“L” (High-Medium-Low), according to its level of importance, as commonly considered.



Next Blog we would try to know about the classified categories of Economic indicators in details and what is Time Era.

Stay Tuned for more and more on this 🙂


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ECONOMIC INDICATORS – A Key Factor in Currency Trading : Part 1

Economic Indicators – A Key Factor In Currency Trading

Economic indicators are the most concerning part of the currency trading which are released by various agencies of the government or private sectors.

These are published on a regularly scheduled basis which helps market observers to track the pulses of an economy.

They are hardly ignored by anyone who is the participant of the financial markets.

Economic indicators are procyclic and their movement, are directly proportional to the trend of economic performances.

With so many people poised to react to the same information, economic indicators in general have tremendous potential to generate volume and push the sentiments of the people to move prices in the markets.


Tracking the calendar of economic indicators will also help the market followers to make sense out of otherwise unanticipated price action in the market.

Let’s talk what exactly an investor can derive from these indicators:

Suppose USD has been in a tailspin for three weeks and the trading day is beginning of the week i.e. Monday.

Now it is easily predictable that many traders are holding large short USD positions.

However on Friday the employment data is yet to be released.

It is very obvious that with this key piece of economic information as it is made public, the USD could experience a short-term rally leading up to the data on Friday as traders pare down their short positions.

This shows that these small but vital informative indicators directly or indirectly rules the trading terminal and affects the prices vigorously.


These economic indicators are mainly helpful in top down approach followed by any investor.:)

They start their analysis with global economies including both national and international economic indicators as GDP growth rates, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates, productivity and energy prices as well.

The availability of good economic data is the major attention of international markets as they are the indicator of the countries economy which is the promising destination for foreign investors.


Not only this the other releases like personal income, unemployment rate, housing starts, retail sales etc. which are also known as coincident indicators give an overview on future performance of the related country and its economic conditions.

These indicators are changing at the same time and in same direction as the whole economy moves, so they represent directly the current state of the economy. 🙂