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The Trader's Guide to Key Economic Indicators: Updated and Expanded Edition

Book Description

New economic data are reported by the media virtually every trading day. Investors--big or small--have to understand how these reports influence their investments, portfolios, and future sources of income.

The new edition of The Trader's Guide to Key Economic Indicators homes in on the most important economic statistics used on Wall Street today and in a clear and concise voice tells you exactly what these important reports measure and what they really mean.

With two new chapters on commodities and fixed-income indicators, this fully updated edition will be an easy-to-use desk reference for new readers, but will also be favored by fans of the first book.

From GDP and employment to consumer confidence and spending, you'll learn what to look for and how to react. This handy reference, illustrated with scores of instructive graphs and charts, will put you ahead of the market curves.

Table of Contents

  1. Praise
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Acknowledgements
  6. Introduction
    1. THE BUSINESS CYCLE
    2. INDICATORS AND THE MARKETS
  7. HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
  8. WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THIS BOOK?
  9. Chapter 1 - Gross Domestic Product
    1. EVOLUTION OF AN INDICATOR
    2. DIGGING FOR THE DATA
    3. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
    4. HOW TO USE WHAT YOU SEE
  10. Chapter 2 - Indexes of Leading, Lagging, and Coincident Indicators
    1. EVOLUTION OF AN INDICATOR
    2. DIGGING FOR THE DATA
    3. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
    4. HOW TO USE WHAT YOU SEE
  11. Chapter 3 - The Employment Situation
    1. EVOLUTION OF AN INDICATOR
    2. DIGGING FOR THE DATA
    3. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
    4. HOW TO USE WHAT YOU SEE
  12. Chapter 4 - Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization
    1. EVOLUTION OF AN INDICATOR
    2. DIGGING FOR THE DATA
    3. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
    4. HOW TO USE WHAT YOU SEE
  13. Chapter 5 - Institute for Supply Management Indexes
    1. EVOLUTION OF AN INDICATOR
    2. DIGGING FOR THE DATA
    3. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
    4. HOW TO USE WHAT YOU SEE
  14. Chapter 6 - Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders
    1. EVOLUTION OF AN INDICATOR
    2. DIGGING FOR THE DATA
    3. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
    4. HOW TO USE WHAT YOU SEE
  15. Chapter 7 - Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales
    1. EVOLUTION OF AN INDICATOR
    2. DIGGING FOR THE DATA
    3. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
    4. HOW TO USE WHAT YOU SEE
  16. Chapter 8 - New Residential Construction
    1. EVOLUTION OF AN INDICATOR
    2. DIGGING FOR THE DATA
    3. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
    4. HOW TO USE WHAT YOU SEE
  17. Chapter 9 - Conference Board Consumer Confidence and University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Indexes
    1. EVOLUTION OF AN INDICATOR
    2. DIGGING FOR THE DATA
    3. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
    4. HOW TO USE WHAT YOU SEE
  18. Chapter 10 - Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services
    1. EVOLUTION OF AN INDICATOR
    2. DIGGING FOR THE DATA
    3. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
    4. HOW TO USE WHAT YOU SEE
  19. Chapter 11 - Personal Income and Outlays
    1. EVOLUTION OF AN INDICATOR
    2. DIGGING FOR THE DATA
    3. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
    4. HOW TO USE WHAT YOU SEE
  20. Chapter 12 - Consumer and Producer Price Indexes
    1. EVOLUTION OF AN INDICATOR
    2. DIGGING FOR THE DATA
    3. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
    4. HOW TO USE WHAT YOU SEE
  21. Chapter 13 - The Fixed-Income Market
    1. EVOLUTION OF AN INDICATOR
    2. DIGGING FOR THE DATA
    3. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
    4. HOW TO USE WHAT YOU SEE
  22. Chapter 14 - Commodities
    1. EVOLUTION OF AN INDICATOR
    2. DIGGING FOR THE DATA
    3. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
    4. HOW TO USE WHAT YOU SEE
  23. References
  24. Index
  25. About Bloomberg
  26. About the Author
  27. Continuing Education Exam for CFP Continuing Education Credit