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Financial Indicators

Listed below are some of the most popular financial indicators used in the forex currency market today.

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ADP Employment report The Report measures non-farm private employment, based on a subset of aggregated and anonymous payroll data
Australia Central Bank Governor speaks The Australian Bank Governor is the voice of the bank and his speeches provide the international investment community with insight into the Bank’s monetary policy. When the Governor speaks, market participants pay close attention to a number of areas.
Average Earnings Change in the price businesses and the government pay for labor, including bonuses.
Average Hourly Earning An indicator for earnings growth. The data excludes bonuses, which might distort overall earnings growth. A strong Average Earnings Increase figure suggests a wealthier consumer population, which leads to increased demand and consumption.
Average Hourly Earnings An indicator for earnings growth. The data excludes bonuses, which might distort overall earnings growth. A strong Average Earnings Increase figure suggests a wealthier consumer population, which leads to increased demand and consumption.
Bank Holiday Banks will be closed in observance of the Summer Bank Holiday;
Bank Of England Minutes Insight into the Monetary policy decision making process and what the BoE thinks about economic developments inside and outside the UK.
Beige Book Report on current economic conditions in each of the 12 Federal Reserve districts covering the entire US which gives a picture of economic trends and challenges faced by different parts of the nation.
BoC Governor speaks Speech of the Bank of Canada on the economy and the views of the Central Bank. The market focuses on points that could suggest future interest rate changes
BOC Monetary Policy Report The Bank of Canada (BOC) Monetary Policy Report provides a detailed review of the bank’s policies and strategies, plus a look at the current economic climate and its implications for inflation. The report is published semi-annually in April and October, w
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Boc Rate The decision to increase, decrease, or maintain the bank set interest rate. A decision to lower rates can spur economic growth while inciting inflationary pressures, whereas rate increases tend to slow down inflation but stymie growth. The Bank of Canada has an inflation target of one to three percent and they change interest rates accordingly to meet that goal.
BoE Governor speaks The BoE Governor is the voice of the bank and his speeches provide the international investment community with insight into the BoE’s monetary policy. When the Governor speaks, market participants pay close attention to a number of areas.
BoE Minutes Insight into the Monetary policy decision making process and what the BoE thinks about economic developments inside and outside of the UK.
BoE Officials speak The BoE officials are an important voice of the bank and their speeches provide the international investment community with insight into the BoE’s monetary policy. When the officials speak, market participants pay close attention to a number of areas.
BoE Quarterly Inflation Report A quarterly report on price changes
BoE Rate Announcement The announcement of whether the Bank of England has increased, decreased or maintained the key interest rate.
BoJ Deputy Governor speaks The BoJ Deputy Governor is an important voice of the bank and his speeches provide the international investment community with insight into the BoJ’s monetary policy. When the Governor speaks, market participants pay close attention to a number of areas.
BoJ Economic Report Every month the Bank of Japan releases their report covering trends in the Japanese economy and relevant international developments. The report summarizes recent economic indicators and gives the Bank’s official position on Japanese economic growth.
BoJ Governor Speaks The BoJ Governor is the voice of the bank and his speeches provide the international investment community with insight into the BoJ’s monetary policy. When the Governor speaks, market participants pay close attention to a number of areas.
BoJ Official Speech The BoJ officials are an important voice of the bank and speeches provide the international investment community with insight into the BoJ’s monetary policy. When the Governor speaks, market participants pay close attention to a number of areas.
BOJ Policy Meeting Minutes The BoJ publishes the summary from its monthly monetary policy meetings. These meetings are held to review economic developments of Japan and decide the central bank’s monetary policy.
BoJ Rate Decision The decision to increase, decrease, or maintain the bank set interest rate. A decision to lower rates can spur economic growth while inciting inflationary pressures, whereas rate increases tend to slow down inflation but stymie growth. The Bank of Canada has an inflation target of one to three percent and they change interest rates accordingly to meet that goal.
BRC Retail Sales Monitor A monthly indicator of price changes at the most popular retail outlets in the United Kingdom. The index takes into account five hundred of the most commonly purchased goods and gives insight into consumer-price inflation.
Build Permits The number of new building projects authorized for construction.
Build Permits The number of new building projects authorized for construction. Because receiving a Building Permit is the first step in the construction process, the figure is used as the earliest indicator for developments in the housing market.
Business Capex (MOF) Money spent to acquire or upgrade physical assets such as buildings and machinery.
Business Confidence A measure of the prevailing sentiment among business leaders. This is based on querying expectations for new orders and impressions on the general economic health.
Business Inventories Unsold goods held by manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers
Business Inventories Unsold goods held by manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. Business Inventories are often able to show economic turning points. A significant decrease in inventories implies that the economy is on the verge of rapid growth because stockrooms for busin
Capacity Use Measure of ability to produce economic wealth. This may refer to a firm, individual, or entire economy.
Capacity Utilization The percentage of a company’s, industry’s or country’s production capacity which is actually used, over some period of time.
Capital Expenditure An expense made by companies in order to maintain or increase their productive capacity over the long term. For example updates in technology or new assets such as additional machines.
Capital Net Flows Net capital flows comprise net direct investment, net portfolio investment, and other long- and short-term net investment flows, including official and private borrowing
Case Shiller 20 mm Examines changes in the value of the residential real estate market in 20 regions across the US. This report serves as an indicator for the health of the US housing market.
Case Shiller 20 mm Examines changes in the value of the residential real estate market in 20 regions across the US. This report serves as an indicator for the health of the US housing market.
Case Shiller 20 yy Examines changes in the value of the residential real estate market in 20 regions across the US. This report serves as an indicator for the health of the US housing market.
CBI distributive trades A survey of senior manufacturing executives on trends in output, prices, exports, and costs. The CBI Industrial Trends Survey collects data on topics like current business confidence, capacity utilization, and investment intentions.
CBI orders A survey of senior manufacturing executives on trends in output, prices, exports, and costs. The CBI Industrial Trends Survey collects data on topics like current business confidence, capacity utilization, and investment intentions.
CBI Sales A survey of senior manufacturing executives on trends in output, prices, exports, and costs. The CBI Industrial Trends Survey collects data on topics like current business confidence, capacity utilization, and investment intentions.
Chicago PMI Monthly measure of the business conditions based on surveys of purchasing managers across Illinois, Indiana and Michigan and it is used to predict the ISM report as the Chicago survey retains a high correlation with the broader economic release.
Claim Count The report measures the number of people who claim unemployment benefits, but are actively seeking work. The Claimant Count serves as a barometer for the health of the labor market.
Claimant Count The report measures the number of people who claim unemployment benefits, but actively seeking work. The Claimant Count serves as a barometer for the health of the labor market.
Claimant Count The report measures the number of people who claim unemployment benefits, but actively seeking work. The Claimant Count serves as a barometer for the health of the labor market.
Construction orders This report provides information on how many orders were received by construction companies to begin work. Since orders for construction serve as one of the earliest signals of expanded housing supply, the report is a leading indicator for the overall housing market.
Construction Orders This report provides information on how many orders were received by construction companies to begin work. Since orders for construction serve as one of the earliest signals of expanded housing supply, the report is a leading indicator for the overall housing market.
Construction Spending Construction spending gauges the level of construction activity in the specified region. It looks at both residential and non-residential construction
Consumer Confidence The degree of optimism that consumers are expressing for the state of the economy through their saving and spending activity.
Consumer Confidence The degree of optimism that consumers are expressing for the state of the economy through their saving and spending activity.
Consumer credit Debt incurred for the purpose of buying a good. The debt must be non mortgage-related, and incurred by the ultimate user of the good as opposed to a manufacturer intending to use it in production or resale.
Consumer Inflation Expectations An expectation of future price changes in consumer goods
Consumer Price Index (CPI) Final m/m It is an index measuring the average price of consumer goods and services purchased by households on a monthly basis.
Consumer Price Index (CPI) Final y/y It is an index measuring the average price of consumer goods and services purchased by households on a yearly basis.
Consumer Price Index (CPI) m/m An inflationary indicator that measures the monthly change in the cost of a fixed basket of products and services, including housing, electricity, food, and transportation.
Consumer Price Index (CPI) q/q An inflationary indicator that measures the quarterly change in the cost of a fixed basket of products and services, including housing, electricity, food, and transportation.
Consumer Price Index (CPI) y/y An inflationary indicator that measures the yearly change in the cost of a fixed basket of products and services, including housing, electricity, food, and transportation.
Consumer Sentiment The degree of optimism that consumers are expressing for the state of the economy through their saving and spending activity.
Consumer Spending m/m The Consumer Expenditure Survey measures the spending habits of US consumers and includes data on their expenditure, income, and characteristics.
Consumption Represents household spending on all goods and services. Fluctuations in Private Consumption reflect the country’s spending mood
Consumption Sentiment Comprehensive measure of how much consumers will spend in the specified quarter, counting expenditures on durable goods, consumer products, and services.
Core CPI m/m The Core Producer Price Index (PPI) measures the Change in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers, excluding the eight most volatile items.
Core CPI y/y The Core Producer Price Index (PPI) measures the Change in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers, excluding the eight most volatile items.
Core PCE m/m A monthly measure of price changes in consumer goods and services. Excludes food and energy price changes
Core PCE preliminary Comprehensive measure of how much consumers spend each month, counting expenditures on durable goods, consumer products, and services. Excludes Food and Energy Price changes
Core PCE Q1 A quarterly measure of price changes in consumer goods and services. Excludes food and energy price changes
Core PCE Q2 A quarterly measure of price changes in consumer goods and services. Excludes food and energy price changes
Core PCE Q3 A quarterly measure of price changes in consumer goods and services. Excludes food and energy price changes
Core PCE Q4 A quarterly measure of price changes in consumer goods and services. Excludes food and energy price changes
Core PCE y/y A yearly measure of price changes in consumer goods and services. Excludes food and energy price changes
Core PCE y/y A yearly measure of price changes in consumer goods and services. Excludes food and energy price changes
Core PPI m/m Change in the price of finished goods and services sold by producers, excluding food and energy
Core PPI Output yy The Core Producer Price Index (PPI) is a family of indices that measures the monthly average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers of goods and services with the exception of gas and food indices which are subject to seasonal fluctuations.
Corporate Goods Price m/m Report on the price change of corporate goods. Measured on a monthly basis
Corporate Goods Price y/y Report on the price change of corporate goods. Measured on a yearly basis
Corporate Profits An estimation on the profit related performance of corporations in a given period. Can be significant when large financial institutions release their data
CPI Ex Food and Energy m/m An inflationary indicator that measures the monthly change in the cost of a fixed basket of products and services, including housing and transportation, excluding food and energy
CPI Ex Food and Energy y/y An inflationary indicator that measures the yearly change in the cost of a fixed basket of products and services, including housing and transportation, excluding food and energy
CPI, core Nationwide CPI itself measures the changes in price of a fixed basket of consumer goods and services; a positive CPI indicates price inflation. Excludes food and energy.
CPI, overall Nationwide CPI itself measures the changes in price of a fixed basket of consumer goods and services; a positive CPI indicates price inflation.
Crude Oil Inventories Change in the number of barrels of crude oil held in inventory by commercial firms during the past week
Current Account The Current Account summarizes the flow of goods, services, income and transfer payments into and out of the country.
Current Account Q1 The Current Account summarizes the flow of goods, services, income and transfer payments into and out of the country. The report acts as a line-item record of how the domestic economy interacts with rest of the world.
Current Account Q2 The Current Account summarizes the flow of goods, services, income and transfer payments into and out of the country. Measured on a quarterly basis.
Current Account Q3 The Current Account summarizes the flow of goods, services, income and transfer payments into and out of the country
Current Account Q4 The Current Account summarizes the flow of goods, services, income and transfer payments into and out of the country. The report acts as a line-item record of how the domestic economy interacts with rest of the world.
Durable Goods Orders Durable Goods are manufactured goods that generally offer a long utility (lasting longer than at least one year)
Durable Goods Orders Revised A revision of the government report which measures consumer spending on long-term purchases, products that are expected to last more than three years.
ECB Current Account The Current Account summarizes the flow of goods, services, income and transfer payments into and out of the Eurozone.
ECB Meeting A meeting of the governing councils of the ECB in which comments on the economy are made. Markets focus on what the bank deems as key points that could suggest future interest rate changes.
ECB Monthly Bulletin It reveals the statistical data that the ECB Governing Board evaluated when making the latest interest rate decision, and provides detailed analysis of current and future economic conditions from the bank’s viewpoint;
ECB President speaks When the President speaks, markets focus heavily on the language used in the President’s speech. If the President is cautious about the inflationary outlook for the economy (“Hawkish”), then the market sees a higher likelihood of future rate increases. Optimism in the President’s outlook (“Dovish”) would suggest to markets that inflation is in check and that future rate increases are less likely, with the possibility of declines in rates.
ECB Rate Announcement The European Central Bank’s decision to increase, decrease, or maintain interest rates.
ECB’s News Conference Conference of the ECB in which some rationale for the decision of altering or maintaining interest rates is provided
Employment Employment data are considered one of the most watched metrics of overall economic health. The release of employment data can often lead to periods of tremendous market volatility.
Employment Cost Q1 Quantifies changes in employee compensation in the form of wages and benefits. Calculated based on a fixed basket of occupations. Considered by some investors to be an indicator of inflation.
Employment Cost Q2 Quantifies changes in employee compensation in the form of wages and benefits. Calculated based on a fixed basket of occupations. Considered by some investors to be an indicator of inflation.
Employment cost Q3 Quantifies changes in employee compensation in the form of wages and benefits. Calculated based on a fixed basket of occupations. Considered by some investors to be an indicator of inflation.
Employment Cost Q4 Quantifies changes in employee compensation in the form of wages and benefits. Calculated based on a fixed basket of occupations. Considered by some investors to be an indicator of inflation.
EU public holiday EU public holiday
EU Trade EU Trade is trade with all countries outside the Eurozone, including the Member States not in the EMU.
Export Prices The Export Price Indices measure average changes in prices of goods and services that are exported
Exports A country’s exports reflect the value of goods and services that were shipped to another country.
Exports y/y Goods and services produced domestically that are sold or awaiting sale outside of the region
Factory Orders Dollar volume of new orders, shipments, unfilled orders and inventories as reported by domestic manufacturers
Fed Budget A forecast of The Central Bank of the USA regarding income and expenses for a specified period in the future.
FED Chairman speaks Speech of the FED on the economy and the views of the Central Bank. The market focuses on points that could suggest future interest rate changes
FED official speaks A speech delivered by one of the regional US FED presidents on current economic matters.
Fed Rate The interest rate at which private depository institutions (mostly banks) lend balances (federal funds) at the Federal Reserve to other depository institutions, usually overnight.
FOMC Member Lockhart Speaks Due to speak about the US economy at the Association for Financial Professionals Corporate Risk Forum, in Orlando. Audience questions expected;
FOMC Member Yellen Speaks Due to participate in a panel discussion about subprime mortgage crisis at the Hilton, in San Francisco;
FOMC Minutes The detailed minutes from these meetings give some of the best insights into the monetary policy decision making process and what the FED thinks about economic developments inside and outside of the US. Markets tend to focus most of their attention on the key points discussed during the meeting that suggest future interest rate changes.
FOMC Statement It’s the primary tool the FOMC uses to communicate with investors about monetary policy. It contains the outcome of their vote on interest rates and other policy measures, along with commentary about the economic conditions that influenced their votes. Mo
Fx Reserves A measure of the total holdings of a financial or governmental institution in foreign exchange currency
G 20 Summit Leaders from the group of 20 leading and emerging economis meet to discuss the global financial crisis
G7 Meeting The Group of Seven (G7) Finance Ministers and Central Bankers will hold a meeting in Washington DC to discuss a range of global economic issues including world currencies and exchange rates. Although the meetings are closed to the press, officials are exp
G7 Press Briefing The G-7 consists of the United States, Japan, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Canada. The leaders of these countries meet annually to discuss political and economic issues of mutual concern; these meetings have been supplanted by the G8. In addition, G-7 finance ministers meet several times a year to discuss economic policy.
GAS Inventories Change in the number of barrels of GAS inventories held in inventory by commercial firms during the past week
GAS Inventories Change in the number of barrels of GAS inventories held in inventory by commercial firms during the past week
GDP Advance Q4 GDP Advance Q4
GDP Deflator Preliminary Broad expectations of inflationary pressures. The GDP Deflator is different from the Consumer Price Index in that it does not take into account changes in the prices of imports and tends to underestimate price changes. The Gross Domestic Product Deflator is also untimely, released quarterly about two months after the reporting period.
GDP final – Q4 Measures the final value of goods and services produced within a country. GDP is the most comprehensive overall measure of economic output and provides key insight as to the driving forces of the economy.
GDP final Q1 Measures the final value of goods and services produced within a country. GDP is the most comprehensive overall measure of economic output.
GDP final Q3 Measures the final value of goods and services produced within a country. GDP is the most comprehensive overall measure of economic output and provides key insight as to the driving forces of the economy.
GDP flash qq q4 Initial GDP estimates
GDP flash yy q4 Initial GDP estimates
GDP m/m Measures the value of goods and services produced within a country on a monthly basis. GDP is the most comprehensive overall measure of economic output and provides key insight as to the driving forces of the economy.
GDP P Deflator A statistical tool that converts the total GDP from current dollars into inflation-adjusted dollars, in order to compare prices over time after factoring out the overall effects of inflation.
GDP Preliminary An anticipated measurement of the value of goods and services produced within a country
GDP Q1 q/q Measures the quarterly value of goods and services produced within a country. GDP is the most comprehensive overall measure of economic output and provides key insight as to the driving forces of the economy.
GDP Q1 y/y Measures the quarterly value of goods and services produced within a country. GDP is the most comprehensive overall measure of economic output and provides key insight as to the driving forces of the economy.
GDP Q2 m/m Preliminary An anticipated measurement on a monthly basis of the value of goods and services produced within a country for the specified Quarter
GDP Q2 qq Measures the quarterly value of goods and services produced within a country. GDP is the most comprehensive overall measure of economic output.
GDP Q2 y/y Preliminary An anticipated measurement on a yearly basis of the value of goods and services produced within a country for the specified Quarter
GDP Q2 yy Measures the quarterly value of goods and services produced within a country on a yearly basis. GDP is the most comprehensive overall measure of economic output.
GDP Q3 q/q Measures on a yearly basis the quarterly value of goods and services produced with in a country. GDP is the most comprehensive overall measure of economic output and provides key insight as to the driving forces of the economy.
GDP Q3 yy Measures on a yearly basis the quarterly value of goods and services produced with in a country. GDP is the most comprehensive overall measure of economic output and provides key insight as to the driving forces of the economy.
GDP Q4 q/q Measures the quarterly value of goods and services produced within a country. Provides key insight as to the driving forces of the economy.
GDP Q4 y/y Measures on a yearly basis, the value of goods and services produced within a country. Provides key insight as to the driving forces of the economy.
Gfk Index Consumer Confidence measures the level of confidence households have in economic performance. Generally rising consumer confidence acts as a precursor to higher consumer expenditures which drive economic expansion.
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Harmonized Index of Consumer (HICP) – Pre y/y The Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) is an indicator of inflation and price stability for the European Central Bank (ECB). Measured on a yearly basis
Harmonized Index of Consumer Price (HICP) Final mm The Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) is an indicator of inflation and price stability for the European Central Bank (ECB) on a monthly basis.
Harmonized Index of Consumer Price (HICP) Final yy The Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) is an indicator of inflation and price stability for the European Central Bank (ECB) on a yearly basis.
Harmonized Index of Consumer Price (HICP) Pre m/m The Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) is an indicator of inflation and price stability for the European Central Bank (ECB). Measured on a monthly basis
HICP ex Food and Energy mm An inflationary indicator that measures the monthly change in the cost of a fixed basket of products and services, including housing and transportation, excluding food and energy. Measured on a monthly basis
HICP ex Food and Energy yy An inflationary indicator that measures the monthly change in the cost of a fixed basket of products and services, including housing and transportation, excluding food and energy. Measured on a yearly basis
HICP final mm An inflation indicator used by the European Central Bank. Compared on a monthly basis
HICP final yy An inflation indicator used by the European Central Bank. Compared on a yearly basis
HICP x m/m The Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) is an indicator of inflation and price stability for the European Central Bank (ECB). Measured on a monthly basis
HICP x y/y The Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) is an indicator of inflation and price stability for the European Central Bank (ECB). Measured on a yearly basis
Home Loans Tracks developments in the number and value of outstanding home loans in Australia. Home Loans are a measure of activity in the housing market.
Home Sales Records sales of newly constructed and existing residences.
House Price q/q Like any price index, the housing price indices measure inflationary pressures, in this case specifically from the housing sector. The headline number is the quarterly percentage change in the index.
House Price y/y Like any price index, the housing price indices measure inflationary pressures, in this case specifically from the housing sector.
House Starts Housing Starts are the number of privately owned new homes (technically housing units) on which construction has been started over some period.
Household Spending Reports the mean expenditure on individual consumption goods and services per household per year
IBD Consumer Sentiment The IBD/TIPP Economic Confidence Index is normally the first major release on consumer sentiment each month. It predicts with 90% reliability changes in confidence indicators issued later each month by the University of Michigan and the Conference Board.
IBD Consumer Sentiment The IBD/TIPP Economic Confidence Index is normally the first major release on consumer sentiment each month. It predicts with 90% reliability changes in confidence indicators issued later each month by the University of Michigan and the Conference Board.
IBD Economic Optimism The IBD/TIPP Economic Confidence Index is normally the first major release on consumer sentiment each month. It predicts with 90% reliability changes in confidence indicators issued later each month by the University of Michigan and the Conference Board.
IFO Business Climate Monthly survey querying German firms on the current German business climate as well as their expectations for the next six months
IFO Current Measures current German business conditions, without considering future expectations.
IFO Expect Based on firms’ expectations for the next six months, where firms rate the future outlook as better, same, or worse.
IFO Index Monthly survey querying German firms on the current German business climate as well as their expectations for the next six months
ILO Unemployment A comparison of the number of jobless people who want to work, are available to work, and are actively seeking employment. Conducted by The International Labor Organization
ILO Unemployment A comparison of the number of jobless people who want to work, are available to work, and are actively seeking employment. Conducted by The International Labor Organization
ILO Unemployment A comparison of the number of jobless people who want to work, are available to work, and are actively seeking employment. Conducted by The International Labor Organization
Import Price The Import Price Indices measure average changes in prices of goods and services that are imported
Import Prices Measures the rate of inflation for imported goods.
Import Prices mm Measures the monthly rate of inflation for imported goods.
Import Prices yy Measures the yearly rate of inflation for imported goods.
Imports A country’s imports reflect the value of goods and services that were purchased from another country.
Imports y/y Represents domestic demand for foreign goods
Industrial Orders m/m The monthly value of new contracts for goods produced by the manufacturing sector. A rising level of Industrial New Orders forecasts increased production and a rising GDP
Industrial Orders y/y The yearly value of new contracts for goods produced by the manufacturing sector. A rising level of Industrial New Orders forecasts increased production and a rising GDP
Industrial Output Measures monthly changes in the volume of output produced by the manufacturing, mining, and utility sectors. Because industrial production is a measure of output volume rather than dollar value, the figure is not distorted by inflation and is considered a more “pure” indicator for US industry.
Industrial Output m/m Measures changes in the volume of output produced by the manufacturing, mining, and utility sectors. Measured on a monthly basis
Industrial Output Preliminary m/m An estimation of changes in the volume of output produced by the manufacturing, mining, and utility sectors
Industrial Output y/y Measures changes in the volume of output produced by the manufacturing, mining, and utility sectors. Measured on a yearly basis
Industrial Production An index measuring changes in the volume of output produced by the manufacturing, mining, and utility sectors.
Industrial Production m/m Change in the total inflation-adjusted value of output produced by the manufacturing, mining, and utilities sectors.
Industrial Production y/y Change in the total inflation-adjusted value of output produced by the manufacturing, mining, and utilities sectors.
Industrial Sales m/m Measures the monthly changes in the volume of output sold by the manufacturing, mining, and utility sectors.
Industrial Sales y/y Measures the yearly changes in the volume of output sold by the manufacturing, mining, and utility sectors.
Industrial Sentiment The degree of optimism that industries are expressing for the state of the economy through their saving and spending activity.
Inflation Ex Food and Energy mm An inflationary indicator that measures the monthly change in the cost of a fixed basket of products and services, including housing and transportation, excluding food and energy. Measured on a monthly basis
Inflation Ex Food and Energy yy An inflationary indicator that measures the monthly change in the cost of a fixed basket of products and services, including housing and transportation, excluding food and energy. Measured on a yearly basis
Inflation flash y/y Eurostat inflation expectations on the yearly basis.
Inflation Report Reports the rate at which prices for goods and services rise, and, subsequently, purchasing power is falling
Inflation Report Hearing During these hearings the BOE Governor and several MPC members testify on inflation and the economic outlook before Parliament’s Treasury Committee. The hearings are a few hours in length and can create market volatility for the duration. Especially noted
Initial Claims The number of individulas who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time during the past week.
Interest Rate decision The announcement of the Central Bank has increased, decreased or maintained the key interest rate.
International Trade International trade occurs when a security, a commodity or a service is transacted across national borders.
Invest Flow The monetary value of Investments that took place in the specified period and country
ISM – non manufacturing ISM Non-Manufacturing is a gauge of business conditions in non-manufacturing industries, based on measures of employment trends, prices and new orders. Though non-manufacturing sectors make up the majority of the economy, the ISM Non-Manufacturing has less market impact because non-manufacturing data tends to be more cyclical and predictable.
ISM – Services The ISM Services Index is based on a sample survey of purchasing and supply executives, weighted according to industry contribution to GDP.
ISM Manufacturing ISM Manufacturing assesses the state of US industry by surveying executives on expectations for future production, new orders, inventories, employment and deliveries.
Jobless 4-week Average Measures the 4 week average number of people who claim unemployment benefits, but are actively seeking work
Jobless Claims Measures the number of people who claim unemployment benefits, but are actively seeking work.
Jobs – Net Change The change, either in number or percentage, of the new jobs created compared to the previous period
K C FED The Bank’s monthly Survey of Manufacturers provides information on current manufacturing activity in the Tenth District. Survey results reveal changes in several indicators of manufacturing activity
KOF Indicator A composite of business surveys from various sectors of the economy (industry, retail and wholesale) that is combined to form a leading indicator that aims to project GDP growth approximately 8 months into the future.
Labor Costs Labor Costs captures employers’ total cost of employing a labor force. Rising labor costs are viewed as an indicator of forthcoming inflation, which can drive up interest rates.
Layoffs The termination of employment of an employee or a group of employees for business reasons, such as the decision that certain positions are no longer necessary.
Leading Indicators Leading Indicators is a composite index designed to forecast trends in the overall economy. The index is based on ten key indicators known to precede changes in the economy. Though the index has a less than perfect historical record, it still is a worthwhile forecasting tool
Leading Indicators A leading indicator is an economic gauge that records changes before the overall economy experiences them. They are used to forecast financial and economic trends.
Libor Rate Decision The interest rate that the banks charge each other for loans (generally in Eurodollars). This rate is applicable to the short-term international interbank market, and applies to very large loans borrowed for anywhere from one day to five years.
M3 Money Supply A part of the money supply circulating in the economy measured by the FED. The Fed measures money supply to help guide its monetary policy decisions. Market participants watch for strong growth in the money supply, which might lead to inflationary pressure, as money inflates aggregate demand.
Machine Orders m/m The total value of machinery orders placed at major manufacturers in Japan . Machine Orders is considered the best leading indicator of business capital spending, and increases are indicative of stronger business confidence and a better forward outlook.
Machine Orders m/m The total value of machinery orders placed at major manufacturers in Japan. Machine Orders is considered the best leading indicator of business capital spending, and increases are indicative of stronger business confidence and a better forward outlook.
Manufacturing Production m/m Gauge for the overall production of the manufacturing sector. Measured on a monthly basis
Manufacturing Production y/y Gauge for the overall production of the manufacturing sector. Measured on a yearly basis
Manufacturing Shipments Data refers to deliveries of goods by manufacturing plants, except those destined for warehouses that are a part of the same accounting entity and goods on consignment
MBA Purchase Index The Purchase Index includes all mortgage applications for the purchase of a single-family home. It covers the entire market.
Michigan – Current Preliminary Early assessment of consumer sentiment regarding personal finances, business conditions and purchasing power.
Michigan – Expectations Preliminary Assesses consumer confidence regarding personal finances, business conditions and purchasing power based on hundreds of telephone surveys.
MICHIGAN FINAL A survey of consumer confidence conducted by the University of Michigan. It gives a snapshot of whether or not consumers feel like spending money.
Michigan Sentiment Preliminary Early assessment of consumer sentiment regarding personal finances, business conditions and purchasing power.
Midwest MFG The Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index (CFMMI) is a monthly estimate by major industry of manufacturing output. It is a composite index of 15 manufacturing industries that uses hours worked data to measure monthly changes in regional activity.
MOF news conference Minister of Finance News Conference.
Monetary Base Currency supplied by the Bank of Japan. The Monetary Base includes all banknotes and coins in circulation plus all currency held as deposits by the Bank of Japan.
Money y/y The total supply of money in circulation in a given country’s economy at a specific time. The primary measures of money supply include: M1, M2, and M3..
Mortgage Approvals An estimate of all new approvals regarding loans used to finance the purchase of real estate, generally with specified payment periods and interest rates.
Mortgage Change Gauges change in demand for mortgage application in the US .
Mortgage Index The Index covers all mortgage applications during the week.
Mortgage Index The Purchase Index includes all mortgage applications for the purchase of a single-family home. It covers the entire market.
Mortgage Lending Data Tracking new home mortgages and refinances and serves as a current indicator for the US housing market.
Mortgage Refinancing The Refinance Index covers all mortgage applications to refinance an existing mortgage. It is the best overall gauge of mortgage refinanancing activity
MPC Meeting Minutes The breakdown of the MPC members’ votes tends to be the most important part of the minutes. The vote is reported in an ‘X-X-X’ format – the first number is the how many voted to increase rates, the second number is how many voted for a rate reduction, and
NAHB Housing Market Index A timely gauge of home sales and expectations for future home building. Based on a small sample of homebuilders, the Housing Market Index is a timely indicator of future US home sales.
NAPM-NY Refers to the measure of the health of the manufacturing sector, and more generally the overall economy, calculated by surveying purchasing managers for data about new orders, production, employment, deliveries, and inventory, in descending order of importance.
National Activity Index This may refer to a particular stock or an entire exchange. Generally this term implies a specific period of time
Nationwide House Price m/m Gauge for costs of homes in the United Kingdom. Measured on a monthly basis
Nationwide House Price y/y Gauge for costs of homes in the United Kingdom. Measured on a yearly basis
New Home Sales Records sales of newly constructed residences.
New Homes Change Records sales change of newly constructed residences.
New Orders Dollar volume of new orders, shipments, unfilled orders and inventories as reported by domestic manufacturers
Non Farm Payrolls – Net Change Monthly change in employment excluding the farming sector. Non-farm payrolls is the most closely watched indicator in the Employment Situation
NY Fed Manufacturing A monthly survey of manufacturers in New York State conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showing the manufacturing activity in the mentioned Region
OIL Expiration OIL deals that expire today will close at 12:00 GMT
Payrolls List of employees, including information on salaries, wages, bonuses, and net pay after deductions.
PCE Index m/m A monthly measure of price changes in consumer goods and services. It is essentially a measure of goods and services targeted towards individuals and consumed by individuals.
PCE Index y/y A yearly measure of price changes in consumer goods and services. It is essentially a measure of goods and services targeted towards individuals and consumed by individuals.
PCE Preliminary An estimate of a monthly measure of price changes in consumer goods and services. Excludes food and energy price changes
PCE Q1 Comprehensive measure of how much consumers spent in the specified quarter, counting expenditures on durable goods, consumer products, and services. Personal Consumption is a comprehensive measure of GDP; consequently the figure is watched as an indicator for economic trends.
PCE Q2 Comprehensive measure of how much consumers spent in the specified quarter, counting expenditures on durable goods, consumer products, and services. Personal Consumption is a comprehensive measure of GDP; consequently the figure is watched as an indicator for economic trends.
PCE Q3 Comprehensive measure of how much consumers spent in the specified quarter, counting expenditures on durable goods, consumer products, and services. Personal Consumption is a comprehensive measure of GDP; consequently the figure is watched as an indicator for economic trends.
PCE Q4 Comprehensive measure of how much consumers spent in the specified quarter, counting expenditures on durable goods, consumer products, and services. Personal Consumption is a comprehensive measure of GDP; consequently the figure is watched as an indicator for economic trends.
Pending Home Sales change Tracks changes in residential housing contract activity of existing single-family homes.
Pending Home Sales Index Tracks residential housing contract activity of existing single-family homes. The Pending Home Sales report is an advanced read on trends in the US housing market. Housing is typically correlated to the overall state of the economy
Personal Income Broad gauge of employee earnings in the US. Personal Income measures the pre-tax income households receive from employment, investments, and transfer payments.
Philadelphia Fed Survey conducted by the Philadelphia Fed questioning manufacturers in the Third Federal Reserve District on general business conditions.
Philadelphia fed manufacturing index Survey conducted by the Philadelphia Fed questioning manufacturers in the Third Federal Reserve District on general business conditions
PMI – Services Gauge for the overall performance of the German service sector. The Services PMI interviews German executives on the status of sales, employment, and their outlook.
PMI Manufacturing Gauge for the overall performance of the manufacturing sector
PPI y/y Measures changes in the selling price producers charge for goods and services, and tracks how prices feed through the production process. Measured on a yearly basis.
PPI Core Output m/m The Core Producer Price Index (PPI) is a family of indices that measures the monthly average change in the price of finished goods and services sold by producers, excluding food and energy.
PPI Core Output mm The Core Producer Price Index (PPI) is a family of indices that measures the monthly average change in the price of finished goods and services sold by producers, excluding food and energy.
PPI Core Output mm The Core Producer Price Index (PPI) is a family of indices that measures the monthly average change in the price of finished goods and services sold by producers, excluding food and energy.
PPI Core Output y/y The Core Producer Price Index (PPI) is a family of indices that measures the yearly average change in the price of finished goods and services sold by producers, excluding food and energy.
PPI Ex Food and Energy m/m The Producer Price Index (PPI) is a family of indices that measures the monthly average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers of goods and services with the exception of gas and food indices which are subject to seasonal fluctuations.
PPI ex Food and Energy y/y The Producer Price Index (PPI) is a family of indices that measures the yearly average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers of goods and services with the exception of gas and food indices which are subject to seasonal fluctuations.
PPI Input The Producer Price Index (PPI) is a family of indices that measures the monthly average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers of goods and services
PPI Input Prices m/m The PPI gauges the average changes in prices received by domestic producers for their output at all stages of processing. The PPI data is compiled from most sectors of the economy, such as manufacturing, mining and agriculture.
PPI Input Prices y/y The PPI gauges the average changes in prices received by domestic producers for their output at all stages of processing. The PPI data is compiled from most sectors of the economy, such as manufacturing, mining and agriculture.
PPI Output mm Producer Price Index (PPI) is a family of indices that measures the monthly average change in the price of finished goods and services sold by producers.
PPI Output Prices m/m The PPI gauges the average changes in prices received by domestic producers for their output at all stages of processing. The PPI data is compiled from most sectors of the economy, such as manufacturing, mining and agriculture.
PPI Output Prices y/y The PPI gauges the average changes in prices received by domestic producers for their output at all stages of processing. The PPI data is compiled from most sectors of the economy, such as manufacturing, mining and agriculture.
PPI y/y/ Measures changes in the selling price producers charge for goods and services, and tracks how prices feed through the production process. Measured on a yearly basis.
Presidential Election Voters will elect the 44th President of the United States; Every 4 years; The winner will likely be projected before the official vote count is announced, based on early vote counts and exit polling;
Private Loans The entire quantity of loans in a country’s economy.
Private Loans The entire quantity of loans in a country’s economy.
Producer Import Price mm Prices of products imported compared to previous month
Producer Import Price yy Prices of products imported compared to previous year
Producer Price Index (PPI) m/m The Producer Price Index (PPI) is a family of indices that measures the monthly average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers of goods and services
Producer Price Index (PPI) y/y Producer Price Index (PPI) is a family of indices that measures the yearly average change in the price of finished goods and services sold by producers.
Producer Prices (PPI) mm The Producer Price Index (PPI) is a family of indices that measures the monthly average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers of goods and services
Producer Prices (PPI) yy The Producer Price Index (PPI) is a family of indices that measures the monthly average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers of goods and services
Productivity Producing or tending to produce goods and services having exchange value.
PS net borrowing Measures the change in the public sectors accruing net financial indebtedness
PSNCR Equals the central government net cash requirement plus local authorities contributions, i.e. their market and overseas borrowing, measured net of their purchases of their public sector debt.
Public Sector net borrowing The amount of new debt held by the UK governments. In the long run, the public sector account must be in balance in order for the economy to be sustainable.
Public Sector net cash requirement The amount of new debt held by the UK governments. In the long run, the public sector account must be in balance in order for the economy to be sustainable.

 

Raw Materials m/m Measures on a monthly basis the unfinished goods consumed by a manufacturer in providing finished goods. Classified as inventory in the current assets section of a firm’s balance sheet.
Raw Materials y/y Measures on a yearly basis the unfinished goods consumed by a manufacturer in providing finished goods. Classified as inventory in the current assets section of a firm’s balance sheet.
RBA Cash Target It is the RBA overnight money market interest rate. Monetary policy decisions are expressed in terms of it.
RBA Governer Speaks Reserve Bank Of Australia Governer Speaks
RBA Governor Stevens speaks The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has a target inflation of 2 to 3 percent. When the Governor for the RBA makes a speech regarding the current economy market participants will pay attention to a number of areas. Markets tend to focus on what the Reserve Bank of Australia deems as key points that could suggest future interest rate changes
RBA Rate Decision The Reserve Bank of Australia’s Cash Rate Target decision has a huge influence on its financial markets. Changes in rates affect interest rates in consumer loans, mortgages, and bond rates.
RBNZ Rate Call The decision to change or maintain New Zealand ‘s Official Cash Rate. The decision aligns with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand ‘s monetary policy to spur or slow economic growth or affect the exchange rate.
Real Earnings Calculated by the following: Total Revenues minus cost of sales, operating expenses, and taxes, over a given period of time. Also known as income.
Redbook mm An index that reflects the same-store sales of a group of companies that account for roughly 85% of the department store category in the Census Bureau’s monthly retail sales report.
Redbook yy An index that reflects the same-store sales of a group of companies that account for roughly 85% of the department store category in the Census Bureau’s monthly retail sales report.
Refinance Change The restructuring of debt with new debt, equity, or a combination of the two.
Reserve Bank Annual Report A report covering trends in the Australian economy and relevant international developments. The report summarizes recent economic indicators and gives the Bank’s official position on Australian economic growth
Retail Price Index – core A measure of inflation used primarily in the UK for wage bargaining and other purposes. Excludes food and energy
Retail Price Index – core y/y A measure of inflation used primarily in the UK for wage bargaining and other purposes. Measured on a yearly basis. Excludes food and energy
Retail Price Index y/y A measure of inflation used primarily in the UK for wage bargaining and other purposes. Measured on a yearly basis
Retail Price Index m/m A measure of inflation used primarily in the UK for wage bargaining and other purposes. Measured on a monthly basis
Retail Price Index-core m/m A measure of inflation used primarily in the UK for wage bargaining and other purposes. Measured on a monthly basis. Excludes food and energy
Retail Prices Measures the change in the volume of sales by retailers in the specified region. The data is gathered by a monthly survey of large retailers and a representative sample of smaller retail businesses.
Retail Prices m/m Measures the monthly change in the volume of sales by retailers in the specified region. The data is gathered by a monthly survey of large retailers and a representative sample of smaller retail businesses.
Retail Prices y/y Measures the yearly change in the volume of sales by retailers in the specified region. The data is gathered by a monthly survey of large retailers and a representative sample of smaller retail businesses.
Retail Sales A government index that measures the total receipts of retail stores. The changes in retail sales are widely followed as the most timely indicator of broad consumer spending patterns.
Retail Sales A government index that measures the total receipts of retail stores. The changes in retail sales are widely followed as the most timely indicator of broad consumer spending patterns.
Retail Sales Ex Autos Change in the total value of sales at the retail level, excluding automobiles since they have a big monetary value and are subject to seasonal fluctuations.
Retail Sales m/m A government index that measures the total receipts of retail stores. The changes in retail sales are widely followed as the most timely indicator of broad consumer spending patterns.
Reuters Tankan Survey The Tankan Survey queries firms on the prevailing business climate and is conducted by Japan’s central bank to help determine monetary policy.
Richmond Fed Index Assesses regional manufacturing conditions for the Richmond Fed District. Based on mail-in surveys from a representative sample of manufacturing plants.
Sentix Index Gauge of the mood from investors, consumers or businesses. Analysts will often sum up sentiments as either bullish or bearish.
State Budget A forecast of a region’s income and expenses expected for some period in the future.
Swiss Rate Decision The decision to increase, decrease, or maintain the bank set interest rate. A decision to lower rates can spur economic growth while inciting inflationary pressures, whereas rate increases tend to slow down inflation but stymie growth.
Tankan Capex Estimate Measures capital expenditure (capex) by all Japanese industries except the financial industry. Capital expenditure is an early indicator for production since companies usually make capital investments in order to expand operational productivity
Tankan DI The Tankan Survey queries firms on the prevailing business climate and is conducted by Japan’s central bank to help determine monetary policy.
Tankan Index estimate Tracks overall business conditions for large manufacturing enterprises. The Tankan’s main component, the Large Manufacturer’s Index is indicative of the sentiment of leading manufacturing companies
Tankan Large Manufacturers Index Tracks overall business conditions for large manufacturing enterprises.
Tankan Survey The Tankan Survey queries firms on the prevailing business climate and is conducted by Japan’s central bank to help determine monetary policy.
Tertiary Industry Change in spending for services. Rising trend has a positive effect on the nation’s currency because half of the nation’s workers are employed in the service industry.
Total Industrial Output Measures changes in the volume of output produced by the manufacturing, mining, and utility sectors
Trade Balance The difference between exports and imports of goods and services.
Trade Balance non-EU A gauge of Britain’s trade with countries outside of Europe.
Trade Balance y/y The difference between exports and imports of Eurozone goods and services. Measured on a yearly basis
Treasury Secretary Paulson Speaks Treasury Secretary Paulson Speaks
U.S. Fed Chairman speaks Markets focus heavily on the language used in speeches. If the President is cautious about the inflationary outlook for the economy (“Hawkish”), then the market sees a higher likelihood of future rate increases. Optimism in the President’s outlook (“Dovish”) would suggest to markets that inflation is in check and that future rate increases are less likely, with the possibility of declines in rates.
U.S. Treasury Secretary speaks The Secretary of the Treasury is the principal economic advisor to the President and plays a critical role in policy-making by bringing an economic and government financial policy perspective to issues facing the government
Unemployment The Unemployment Rate refers to the percentage of people currently out of work, but actively seeking employment and willing to work.
Unemployment – Change A measure of the rate of change in unemployment with the previous measured period
Unemployment Rate Percentage of total work force that is unemployed and actively seeking employment during the previous month.
Univ. of Michigan Confidence – Preliminary Early assessment of consumer sentiment regarding personal finances, business conditions and purchasing power.
US Fed Chairman Speech Speech of the FED on the economy and the views of the Central Bank. The market focuses on points that could suggest future interest rate changes
US President Inauguration US President Inauguration
US President speaks on economy US President speaks on Economy
US President speaks on economy US President speaks on Economy
US President speaks on economy US President speaks on Economy
US President speaks on economy US President speaks on Economy
US President-Elect Speaks Due to hold a press conference to discuss his economic team appointments, in Washington DC; He speaks frequently on a broad range of subjects – only speeches that might have direct dollar impact are listed on the calendar;
US Public holiday US Public holiday
US Treasury report on foreign exchange practices The Secretary of the Treasury is the principal economic advisor to the President and plays a critical role in policy-making by bringing an economic and government financial policy perspective to issues facing the government
US Treasury secretary news conference The Secretary of the Treasury is the principal economic advisor to the President and plays a critical role in policy-making by bringing an economic and government financial policy perspective to issues facing the government

 

Wage Price Index q/q A quarterly statistical index measuring the fluctuation of wages paid to the registered workforce
Wage Price Index y/y A yearly statistical index measuring the fluctuation of wages paid to the registered workforce
Weekly Initial Jobless Claims Measures the number of people who claim unemployment benefits, but are actively seeking work
Wholesale Inv The stock of unsold goods held by wholesalers. High Wholesale Inventories indicate that unsold goods are piling up, suggesting that retailers are facing lagging consumer demand and unwilling to purchase goods.
Wholesale Inventories The stock of unsold goods held by wholesalers. High Wholesale Inventories indicate that unsold goods are piling up, suggesting that retailers are facing lagging consumer demand and unwilling to purchase goods.
Wholesale Price Index m/m A Wholesale Price Index (WPI) is the price of a representative basket of wholesale goods. Measured on a monthly basis
Wholesale Price Index y/y A Wholesale Price Index (WPI) is the price of a representative basket of wholesale goods. Measured on a yearly basis
Wholesale Trade The sale of goods in high quantities to non-consumers, with the purpose of reselling these goods.

 

 

ZEW current Conditions The Current Situation Indicator focuses on the results of the survey that relate to the current health of the German economy.
ZEW Index (Economic Sentiment) A Questionnaire assessing the direction of inflation, interest rates, exchange rates and the stock market in the next six months for Germany.
ZEW Investor Sentiment A Questionnaire assessing the direction of inflation, interest rates, exchange rates and the stock market in the next six months for Germany.