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    Feb, 23 21:45
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    Retail Sales
    Retail Sales
    Country:
    Change in the total value of inflation-adjusted sales at the retail level. It's the primary gauge of consumer spending, which accounts for the majority of overall economic activity.
    Date: Feb, 23 21:45
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 1.6% q/q; 1.8% q/q
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: 4 quarter
    1.6% q/q; 1.8% q/q - -
    Feb, 24 02:00
    Credit Card Spending
    Credit Card Spending
    Country:

    Shows a change in the total expenditure made via credit cards.

    Date: Feb, 24 02:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: -0.9% m/m; 3.4% y/y
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    -0.9% m/m; 3.4% y/y - -
    Feb, 24 07:00
    Nationwide House Price Index
    Nationwide House Price Index
    Country:

    Gauge for costs of homes in the United Kingdom. Mortgage data is used to provide a timely measure of the level of prices. House prices give good information current conditions in the housing market. The Index can precurse broader inflationary pressures felt in later more market moving reports should housing price pressures feed into consumer prices.
     

    Date: Feb, 24 07:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.5% m/m; 1.9% y/y
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    0.5% m/m; 1.9% y/y - -
    Feb, 24 09:00
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    Ifo Business Climate Index
    Ifo Business Climate Index
    Country:

    The Ifo Business Climate Index is a closely followed leading indicator for economic activity in Germany prepared by the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich. It is based on ca. 7,000 monthly survey responses of firms in manufacturing, construction, wholesaling and retailing. The firms are asked to give their assessments of the current business situation and their expectations for the next six months. They can characterise their situation as "good", "satisfactorily" or "poor" and their business expectations for the next six months as "more favourable", "unchanged" or "more unfavourable". The replies are weighted according to the importance of the industry and aggregated. The balance value of the current business situation is the difference of the percentages of the responses "good" and "poor", the balance value of the expectations is the difference of the percentages of the responses "more favourable" and "more unfavourable". The business climate is a mean of the balances of the business situation and the expectations.

    Date: Feb, 24 09:00
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 95.9
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    95.9 - -
    Feb, 24 09:00
    ★★
    Ifo Current Assessment
    Ifo Current Assessment
    Country:

    One of the country's key business sentiment surveys (Ifo - Information and Forschung Survey). The survey is conducted monthly, querying German firms on the current German business climate as well as their expectations for the next six months. As the largest economy in the Eurozone, Germany is responsible for approximately a quarter of the total Eurozone GDP.

    Consequently, the German Ifo is a significant economic health indicator for the Eurozone as a whole. Positive readings bode well for the economy, suggesting increased consumer spending and economic growth. Conversely, low Ifo readings may be indicative of economic slowdown.

    The index uses 100 as a centerline between positive and negative outlooks; the further the value is from 100 the stronger the sentiment. The survey presents two equally weighted sub-indices: Current Assessment and Business Expectations.

    Ifo Current Assessment
    Measures current German business conditions, without considering future expectations.

    Date: Feb, 24 09:00
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 99.1
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    99.1 - -
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    IFO - Expectations
    IFO - Expectations
    Country:

    One of the country's key business sentiment surveys (Ifo - Information and Forschung Survey). The survey is conducted monthly, querying German firms on the current German business climate as well as their expectations for the next six months. As the largest economy in the Eurozone, Germany is responsible for approximately a quarter of the total Eurozone GDP. Consequently, the German Ifo is a significant economic health indicator for the Eurozone as a whole. Positive readings bode well for the economy, suggesting increased consumer spending and economic growth. Conversely, low Ifo readings may be indicative of economic slowdown.

    The index uses 100 as a centerline between positive and negative outlooks; the further the value is from 100 the stronger the sentiment. The survey presents two equally weighted sub-indices: Current Assessment and Business Expectations.

    Ifo Expectations
    Based on firms' expectations for the next six months, where firms rate the future outlook as better, same, or worse.

    Date: Feb, 24 09:00
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 92.9
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    92.9 - -
    Feb, 24 13:30
    Wholesale Sales
    Wholesale Sales
    Country:

    The value of sales made by Canadian wholesalers. Wholesalers sell to industries and retailers in quantities far larger than most consumers are willing to purchase. Given that growth in Wholesale Trade usually precedes increases in retail trade and consumption, changes in Wholesale Sales can be used as an early indicator for the overall direction of the retail sector, consumption and the economy. The headline figure reports the monthly percentage change in Wholesale Sales, seasonally adjusted to account for variations in demand due to seasonal cycles.

    These sectors are farm products, food, beverages, and tobacco products, personal and household goods, automotive products, building materials, machinery and electronic equipment etc.

    Date: Feb, 24 13:30
    Importance: Low
    Previous: -1.2%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Dec
    -1.2% - -
    Feb, 24 14:00
    Leading indicators
    Leading indicators
    Country:

    Movements in these indicators are known to precede larger developments in the rest of the economy.

    The Index includes account inventory ratios, machinery orders, stock prices and other leading economic indicators. As the aggregate of many leading indices the Leading Economic Index provides a forecast of the future state of the domestic economy and is thought to predict activity that will occur 6-9 months after the reporting period.

    The index operates on a 1-100 scale, where a value lower than 50 means that most indictors are negative and a value higher than 50 means most indicators are positive. In both cases a greater distance from the midpoint (50) means that the indicators are more strongly positive or negative.

    Date: Feb, 24 14:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 154.2; 1.4%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    154.2; 1.4% - -
    Feb, 24 23:50
    Corporate Service Price Index
    Corporate Service Price Index
    Country:

    Change in the price of services purchased by corporations. It's a leading indicator of consumer inflation - when corporations pay more for services the higher costs are usually passed on to the consumer.

    Date: Feb, 24 23:50
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 2.1%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    2.1% - -
    Feb, 25 07:00
    GDP
    GDP
    Country:

    The Gross Domestic Product is a comprehensive measure of an overall production and consumption of goods and services. GDP serves as one of the primary measures of overall economic well-being. While GDP announcements generally conform to expectations, unanticipated changes in this metric can move markets.

    Robust GDP growth signals a heightened level of economic activity and often a higher demand for the domestic currency. At the same time, economic expansion raises concerns about inflationary pressures which may lead monetary authorities to increase interest rates. Thus better than expected GDP figures are generally bullish for the Euro, while negative readings are generally bearish.

    Technically, Gross Domestic Product is calculated in the following way:

    GDP = C + I + G + (EX - IM)

    where

    C = private consumption, I = private investment, G = government expenditure, EX = exports of goods and services, IM = imports of goods and services.

    French GDP figures, officially called Quarterly National Accounts, are released quarterly. The headline figures are annualized percentage changes in real and nominal GDP.

    Date: Feb, 25 07:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.0% q/q; 0.3% y/y
    Forecast: 0.0% q/q; 0.3% y/y
    Actual: -
    Period: 4 quarter
    0.0% q/q; 0.3% y/y 0.0% q/q; 0.3% y/y -
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    Feb, 25 10:30
    10-y Bond Auction
    10-y Bond Auction
    Country:
    10-y Bond Auction is a leading market demand and profitability indicator. Profit falls compared to the previous auctions generally have a favourable influence on the currency.
    Date: Feb, 25 10:30
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.500%; 2.31
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    0.500%; 2.31 - -
    Feb, 25 11:00
    CBI retail sales volume balance
    CBI retail sales volume balance
    Country:

    Level of a diffusion index based on surveyed retailers and wholesalers: above 0 indicates higher sales volume, below indicates lower. This is a survey of about 160 retail and wholesale companies which asks respondents to rate the relative level of current sales volume. It's a leading indicator of consumer spending because retailer and wholesaler sales are directly influenced by consumer buying levels.
     

    Date: Feb, 25 11:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: -
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    - - -
    Feb, 25 13:30
    Corporate Profits
    Corporate Profits
    Country:
    Shows the dynamics in the amount of profit by the corresponding period. Growth reflects improvements in the corporate sector, which can support a course on speculation about stronger labor market performance in the future and a higher capital inflow in the country.
    Date: Feb, 25 13:30
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.4%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: 4 quarter
    0.4% - -
    Feb, 25 14:00
    House Price Index
    House Price Index
    Country:

    A resumptive index of house prices reflecting prices for new constructions and resale real estate markets. As all indices connected with the construction industry it can be seasonally adjusted.

    Date: Feb, 25 14:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.2%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Dec
    0.2% - -
    Feb, 25 14:00
    Case-Shiller 20 City
    Case-Shiller 20 City
    Country:
    The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices are the leading measures of U.S. residential real estate prices, tracking changes in the value of residential real estate both nationally as well as in 20 metropolitan regions.
    Date: Feb, 25 14:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 2.6%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Dec
    2.6% - -
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    Feb, 25 15:00
    ★★★
    Consumer Confidence
    Consumer Confidence
    Country:

    Assessment of consumer sentiment regarding business conditions, employment and personal income. Based on a representative sample of thousands of mail-in surveys, the Conference Board index has the largest pooling sample of any US measure of consumer confidence. Consumer Confidence levels are generally linked with consumer spending. For instance, when consumer confidence is on the rise consumer spending tends to increase. Low or falling consumer confidence on the other hand is typically associated with decreased spending and consumer demand.

    Some analysts criticize the Consumer Confidence figure for its volatile tendencies and weak connection to household expenditure, turning instead to the University of Michigan Consumer Confidence numbers. The volatility of the Consumer Confidence figure is attributed to two factors: its pooling size and the survey time frame focus. The Conference Board surveys an entirely new group of people each month, resulting in more erratic month to month figures. Additionally, the survey queries respondents on expectations for the following six months, a relatively short term evaluation. Conversely, the University of Michigan survey will re-poll many individuals and focuses on expectations for the next one to five years. The long term focus has a stabilizing effect on consumer confidence.

    Survey results are printed in the headlines where 100 reflects a recent base year.

    Date: Feb, 25 15:00
    Importance: High
    Previous: 131.6
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    131.6 - -
    Feb, 25 15:00
    Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index
    Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index
    Country:

    Assesses regional manufacturing conditions for the Richmond Fed District. Based on mail-in surveys from a representative sample of manufacturing plants, the Richmond Fed Index seeks to track industrial performance. The report puts particular emphasis on inflationary pressures.

    Though the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey is valued for its quick turnaround, it is still released after the ISM survey. As a result, the figure is often used to affirm or question the ISM report, and has little impact on markets. The Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey also asks manufacturing executives to stress price expectations. Some markets participants use this data as an early gauge to CPI and PPI reports released a few days later.

    The headline figure is a three-month average, calculated by finding the percentage difference between positive and negative responses for the last three months, using a zero boom/bust centerline.

    Note: The survey covers such topics as shipments, order volume, backlog volume, capacity utilization, vendor lead time, employees, average workweek, wages, inventory levels, and capital expenditures. The Fifth District includes the District of Columbia , Maryland , both Carolinas, and most of the Virginias.

    Date: Feb, 25 15:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 20
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    20 - -
    Feb, 25 17:30
    ★★
    BOC Deputy Governor Timothy Lane Speaks
    BOC Deputy Governor Timothy Lane Speaks
    Country:
    Timothy Lane was appointed Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, effective February 2009. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the Bank’s analysis of international economic developments in support of monetary policy decisions. As a member of the Bank’s Governing Council, he shares responsibility for decisions with respect to monetary policy and financial system stability. Thus, more hawkish tone of his speech may support the Canadian dollar. Announcements of high risks and low inflation may lead to a rise in loonie’s sell-offs.
    Date: Feb, 25 17:30
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: -
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: -
    - - -
    Feb, 26 00:01
    BRC Shop Price Index
    BRC Shop Price Index
    Country:
    Change in the price of goods purchased at BRC-member retail stores. Leads the government-released consumer inflation data by about 10 days, but has a narrower scope as it only includes goods purchased from retailers who belong to the BRC. This data is usually released 1 day before the Bank of England interest rate decision. Full reports are only available to BRC subscribers.
    Date: Feb, 26 00:01
    Importance: Low
    Previous: -0.3%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    -0.3% - -
    Feb, 26 00:30
    ★★
    Construction Work Done
    Construction Work Done
    Country:
    The estimate for total construction work done. The estimate is published some time after the house-foundations laying data release and serves as a GDP indicator.
    Date: Feb, 26 00:30
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: -0.4%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: 4 quarter
    -0.4% - -
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    BOJ Core CPI
    BOJ Core CPI
    Country:
    Consumer prices account for a majority of overall inflation. Inflation is important to currency valuation because rising prices lead the central bank to raise interest rates out of respect for their inflation containment mandate.
    Date: Feb, 26 05:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.3%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    0.3% - -
    Feb, 26 09:00
    ZEW-CS Survey (Economic Expectations)
    ZEW-CS Survey (Economic Expectations)
    Country:

    The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon.

    Date: Feb, 26 09:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 8.3
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    8.3 - -
    Feb, 26 15:00
    ★★
    New Home Sales
    New Home Sales
    Country:

    Records sales of newly constructed residences in the United States. The figure is a timely gauge of housing market conditions counting home sales when initial housing contracts are signed. Because New Home Sales usually trigger a sequence of consumption, they have significant market impact upon release. In addition to the high expenditure of the new home, buyers are likely to spend more money on furnishing customizing and financing their home. Consequently, growth in the housing market spurs more consumption, generating demand for goods, services and the employees who provide them.

    Generally, the housing market is tracked by a number of reports that mark different stages of the construction and home sale process. The first stage is Building Permits, which precede Housing Starts, which lead to Construction Spending, MBA Mortgage Applications and, finally, New Home Sales and Existing Home Sales. As the headline housing figure, New Home Sales are believed to control some of the volatility of other data. For instance, Building Permits and Housing Starts are considered more indicative of business confidence and production rather than consumer spending. And while Existing Home Sales figures are more indicative of consumer expenditures, they are lagging indicators with less predictive value. New Home Sales numbers are considered confirmatory of housing trends and still predictive of consumer spending.

    New Home Sales is also a good indicator of economic turning points due to its sensitivity to consumer income. Buying a house is always a major expenditure, typically only undertaken when consumers have sufficient savings or are optimistic about future earnings. Historically, when economic conditions slow, New Home Sales are one of the first indicators to reflect the change. By the same token, New Home Sales undergo substantial growth when the economy has emerged from recession and wages have begun to pick up.

    The report headline is the total amount of properties sold.

    Date: Feb, 26 15:00
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 694K; -0.4%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    694K; -0.4% - -
    Feb, 26 15:30
    ★★
    Crude Oil Inventories
    Crude Oil Inventories
    Country:

    The actual inventories of crude oil, gasoline, and distillate, such as jet fuel, as reported on a weekly basis. The numbers are watched closely by the energy markets, and if the results differ greatly from the expected inventory levels, the market can react strongly. The inventory data can be skewed by holidays and seasonal factors. Weekly data can be unreliable and should be viewed as a part of longer-term trends, so a four-week moving average may be more useful.

    Date: Feb, 26 15:30
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 415K
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    415K - -
    Feb, 26 21:45
    ★★
    Trade Balance
    Trade Balance
    Country:

    A country's trade balance reflects the difference between exports and imports of goods and services. The trade balance is one of the biggest components of the Balance of Payment, giving valuable insight into pressures on country's currency.

    Surpluses and Deficits
    A positive Trade Balance (surplus) indicates that exports are greater than imports. When imports exceed exports, the country experiences a trade deficit. Because foreign goods are usually purchased using foreign currency, trade deficits usually reflect currency leaking out of the country. Such currency outflows may lead to a natural depreciation unless countered by comparable capital inflows (inflows in the form of investments, FDI - where foreigners investing in local equity, bond or real estates markets). At a bare minimum, deficits fundamentally weigh down the value of the currency.

    Ramifications of Trade Balance on Markets
    There are a number of factors that work to diminish the market impact of Trade Balance upon immediate release. The report is not very timely, coming some time after the reporting period. Developments in many of the figure's components are also typically anticipated well beforehand. Lastly, since the report reflects data for a specific reporting month or quarter, any significant changes in the Trade Balance should plausibly have already been felt during that period - and not during the release of data.

    However, because of the overall significance of Trade Balance data in forecasting trends in the Forex Market, the release has historically been one of the most important reports out of the any country.

    Date: Feb, 26 21:45
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 547M; -4309M
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    547M; -4309M - -
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    Feb, 27 00:00
    ★★
    ANZ Business Confidence
    ANZ Business Confidence
    Country:

    The results of the ANZ Bank Business survey held among businesses nationwide.

    Date: Feb, 27 00:00
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: -13.2
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    -13.2 - -
    Feb, 27 00:30
    ★★★
    Private Capital Expenditure
    Private Capital Expenditure
    Country:

    The release is published every quarter, and about 60 days after the quarter ends. It is published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and measures the alteration in the overall inflation-amended value (real value) of new capital investments produced by private businesses. The data release is important for traders, as it is a top indicator of Australia’s economic health. Additionally, a change in the investment levels for businesses is usually a sign for future economic movement, including earning, spending and hiring.

    Date: Feb, 27 00:30
    Importance: High
    Previous: -0.2%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: 4 quarter
    -0.2% - -
    Feb, 27 08:00
    CPI
    CPI
    Country:

    Assesses changes in the cost of living by measuring changes in the prices of consumer items. The CPI is the headline inflation figure that indicates the strength of domestic inflationary pressures.

    Date: Feb, 27 08:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 1.1%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    1.1% - -
    Feb, 27 09:00
    M3 Money Supply
    M3 Money Supply
    Country:

    The broadest measure of money supply in use by Eurozone nations. It includes all currency in circulation, bank deposits, repurchase agreements, debt securities up to 2 years, and the value of money market shares. A larger money supply reduces the purchasing power of the Euro and puts downward pressure on the exchange rate. However, because an increase in M3 leads to price inflation, this figure can also be indicative of the likelihood of future interest rate hikes. The Eurozone M3 is reported in headlines as a percent change from the previous month or as a Three Month Average, which smoothes monthly volatility in the money supply.

    Date: Feb, 27 09:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 5.0%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    5.0% - -
    Feb, 27 09:00
    Private Sector Credit
    Private Sector Credit
    Country:

    Domestic credit to private sector refers to financial resources provided to the private sector, such as through loans, purchases of nonequity securities, and trade credits and other accounts receivable, that establish a claim for repayment.

    Date: Feb, 27 09:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 3.7%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    3.7% - -
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    Feb, 27 09:30
    30-Year Bonds Auction
    30-Year Bonds Auction
    Country:
    Bonds with the longest maturity.
    Date: Feb, 27 09:30
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 1.270%; 1.49
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    1.270%; 1.49 - -
    Feb, 27 10:00
    10-y Bond Auction
    10-y Bond Auction
    Country:
    10-y Bond Auction is a leading market demand and profitability indicator. Profit falls compared to the previous auctions generally have a favourable influence on the currency.
    Date: Feb, 27 10:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.94%; 1.24
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    0.94%; 1.24 - -
    Feb, 27 10:00
    30-y Bond Auction
    30-y Bond Auction
    Country:
    Yields are set by bond market investors, and therefore they can be used to decipher investors' outlook on future interest rates. The bid-to-cover ratio represents bond market liquidity and demand, which can be used to gauge investor confidence.
    Date: Feb, 27 10:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.87%; 2.38
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    0.87%; 2.38 - -
    Feb, 27 13:30
    ★★
    Current Account
    Current Account
    Country:

    Summarizes the flow of goods and services, income payments, and transfers in and out of Canada. The report acts as a gauge of how Canada's economy interacts with the rest of the world. Where the other side of the Balance of Payments, the Capital and Financial Accounts, deals mainly with financial assets and investments, the Current Account gives a detailed breakdown of how the country intermingles with rest of the global economy on a practical, non-investment basis.

    The Current Account tracks the trade balance (exports and imports for goods and services), income payments (such as interest, dividends and salaries) and unilateral transfers (aid, taxes, and one-way gifts). A positive value (current account surplus) indicates that the flow of capital from these components into Canada exceeds capital leaving the country. A negative value (current account deficit) means that there is a net capital outflow from these sources. Persistent Current Account deficits may lead to a natural depreciation of a currency, as trade, income and transfer payments usually reflect Canadian dollars leaving the country to make payments in a foreign currency (just as underlying surpluses act as an appreciating weight).

    Canada has historically had an export oriented economy and has relied on exports (particularly oil) as the engine for economic expansion. To this day, trade surpluses form the foundation of Canadian current account surpluses.

    There are a number of factors that often work to diminish the impact of the Current Account release on the market. The report is not very timely, released quarterly about two months after the reporting period. Additionally, many of the components that lead to the final Current Account production and trade figures are known well in advance. Lastly, since the report reflects data for a specific reporting quarter, any significant developments in the Current Account should plausibly have been already felt during that quarter and not during the release of data.

    But just like GDP and Trade Balance, Current Account is central to forecasting long term developments in foreign exchange rates. It gives a detailed picture of how the Canadian economy interacts internationally, breaking down these interactions into separate components that can be tracked and often anticipated. Thus the Current Account's importance has led it to historically be one of the more important reports out of Canada .

    The headline figure is the value of the Current Account denominated in Canadian Dollars.

    Date: Feb, 27 13:30
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: -9.9bln
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: 4 quarter
    -9.9bln - -
    Feb, 27 13:30
    ★★
    GDP
    GDP
    Country:

    The GDP for the United States is a gauge of the overall output (goods & services) of the US economy on the continental US GDP is the most comprehensive overall measure of economic output and provides key insight into the driving forces of the economy.

    GDP Influence On Markets
    If the figure increases, then the economy is improving, and thus the dollar tends to strengthen. If the number falls short of expectations or meets the consensus, dollar bearishness may be triggered. This sort of reaction is again tied to interest rates, as traders expect an accelerating economy, consumers will be affected by inflation and consequently interest rates will rise. However, much like the CPI, a negative change in GDP is more difficult to trade; just because the pace of growth has slowed does not mean it has deteriorated. On the other hand, a better than expected number will usually result in the dollar rising as it implicates that a quickly expanding economy will sooner or later require higher interest rates to keep inflation in check. Overall though, the GDP has fallen in significance and its ability to move markets since most of the components of the report are known in advance

    Due to the untimeliness of this report and because data on GDP components are available beforehand, the actual GDP figure is usually well anticipated. But given its overall significance GDP has the tendency to move the market upon release, acting to confirm or upset economic expectations. Robust GDP growth signals a heightened level of activity that is generally associated with a healthy economy. However economic expansion also raises concerns about inflationary pressures which may lead to monetary policy tightening.

    Gross Domestic Product is calculated in the following way
    GDP = C + I + G + (EX - IM)
    where
    C = private consumption
    I = private investment
    G = government expenditure
    EX = exports of goods and services
    IM = imports of goods and services

    The figure is commonly reported in headlines as an annualized percentage, based on quarterly data.

    On a technical note: The GDP can be reported in either real or nominal terms, real GDP being adjusted for inflation. GDP actually has three releases, as an Advanced, Preliminary, and Final figure. The Advanced figure is released four weeks following the quarter's end. One month later, the Preliminary GDP is released, followed by the Final GDP measure at the end of the quarter following the reporting quarter. As the most timely measure, the Advanced GDP tends to move markets the most.

    Date: Feb, 27 13:30
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 2.1%
    Forecast: 2.1%
    Actual: -
    Period: 4 quarter
    2.1% 2.1% -
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    GDP Price Index
    GDP Price Index
    Country:

    Measures changes in the prices of goods and services that are included in US GDP. The GDP Price Index is an indicator for inflation calculated by comparing the current GDP to GDP in the reference year. A high or rising GDP Price Index, like other indicators of inflation, puts pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.

    The GDP price index differs from other more popular inflation measures like CPI, in that it includes all products accounted for by GDP and does not include the affects of changes in import prices. Furthermore, the report is only released quarterly and commands little market attention because of it lack of timeliness.

    The headline figure is the annualized percentage change.

    Date: Feb, 27 13:30
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 1.4%
    Forecast: 1.4%
    Actual: -
    Period: 4 quarter
    1.4% 1.4% -
    Feb, 27 13:30
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    Durable Goods Orders
    Durable Goods Orders
    Country:

    The value of orders placed for relatively long-lasting goods. Durable Goods are expected to last more than three years. Such products often require large investments and usually reflect optimism on the part of the buyer that their expenditure will be worthwhile.

    Because orders for goods have large sway over the actual production, this figure serves as an excellent forecast of US output to come. Durable Goods are typically sensitive to economic changes. When consumers become sceptical about economic conditions, sales of durable goods are one of the first to be impacted since consumers can delay purchases of durable items, like cars and televisions, only spending money on necessities in times of economic hardship. Conversely, when consumer confidence is restored, orders for durable goods rebound quickly.

    Date: Feb, 27 13:30
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 2.4% m/m; -0.1% m/m
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    2.4% m/m; -0.1% m/m - -
    Feb, 27 13:30
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    Unemployment Claims
    Unemployment Claims
    Country:

    The indicator shows the number of unemployed people in the USA.

    Date: Feb, 27 13:30
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 210K
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    210K - -
    Feb, 27 13:30
    Continuing Claims
    Continuing Claims
    Country:

    Continuing claims refers to unemployed workers that qualify for benefits under unemployment insurance. In order to be included in continuing claims, the person must have been covered by unemployment insurance and be currently receiving benefits. Data on unemployment claims is published by the Department of Labor on a weekly basis, allowing for frequent updates on the levels of unemployment.

    Date: Feb, 27 13:30
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 1726K
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    1726K - -
    Feb, 27 15:00
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    Pending Home Sales
    Pending Home Sales
    Country:

    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; particularly indicative of economic turning points. A sharp drop in housing demand typically acts as a warning signal of economic slowdown as buyers are reluctant to purchase houses when interest rates are high, disposable income is low, or consumer confidence is low. Conversely, a rebound in the housing market is often a leading indicator of an economic recovery.

    The report headline is expressed in percentage change in pending home sales from previous month.

    Date: Feb, 27 15:00
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: -4.9% m/m; 6.8% y/y
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    -4.9% m/m; 6.8% y/y - -
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    EIA Natural Gas Storage Change
    EIA Natural Gas Storage Change
    Country:

    Weekly report about natural gas storage change in the USA.

    Date: Feb, 27 15:30
    Importance: Low
    Previous: -151bln
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    -151bln - -
    Feb, 27 23:30
    National CPI
    National CPI
    Country:

    National Consumer Price Index (CPI) is the key gauge for inflation in Japan. Simply put, inflation reflects a decline in the purchasing power of the Yen, where each Yen buys fewer goods and services. In terms of measuring inflation, CPI is the most obvious way to quantify changes in purchasing power. The report tracks changes in the price of a basket of goods and services that a typical Japanese household might purchase. An increase in the index indicates that it takes more Yen to purchase this same set of basic consumer items.

    Markets will typically pay more attention to "CPI excluding Fresh Food," because it excludes volatile food prices that can distort overall CPI. The headline figure for CPI is the percentage change in the index on a month to month or year to year basis.

    As the most important indicator of inflation, CPI figures are closely followed by the Bank of Japan. Rising Consumer Prices may prompt the BoJ to raise interest rates in order to manage inflation and slow economic growth. Higher interest rates make holding the Yen more attractive to foreign investors, and this higher level of demand will place upward pressure on the value of the Yen.

    Date: Feb, 27 23:30
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.6%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    0.6% - -
    Feb, 27 23:30
    National CPI ex Fresh Food
    National CPI ex Fresh Food
    Country:

    National Consumer Price Index (CPI) is the key gauge for inflation in Japan. Simply put, inflation reflects a decline in the purchasing power of the Yen, where each Yen buys fewer goods and services. In terms of measuring inflation, CPI is the most obvious way to quantify changes in purchasing power. The report tracks changes in the price of a basket of goods and services that a typical Japanese household might purchase. An increase in the index indicates that it takes more Yen to purchase this same set of basic consumer items.

    Markets will typically pay more attention to "CPI excluding Fresh Food," because it excludes volatile food prices that can distort overall CPI. The headline figure for CPI is the percentage change in the index on a month to month or year to year basis.

    As the most important indicator of inflation, CPI figures are closely followed by the Bank of Japan. Rising Consumer Prices may prompt the BoJ to raise interest rates in order to manage inflation and slow economic growth. Higher interest rates make holding the Yen more attractive to foreign investors, and this higher level of demand will place upward pressure on the value of the Yen.

    Date: Feb, 27 23:30
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.7%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    0.7% - -
    Feb, 27 23:30
    Tokyo CPI ex Fresh Food & Energy
    Tokyo CPI ex Fresh Food & Energy
    Country:

    An indicator of inflation experienced by consumers living in Tokyo, excluding such volatile item as fresh food.

    Date: Feb, 27 23:30
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.9%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    0.9% - -
    Feb, 27 23:30
    Unemployment Rate
    Unemployment Rate
    Country:

    The percentage of individuals in the labor force who are without a job but actively seeking one. A higher Unemployment Rate is generally a drain on the economy. Not only does it mean that resources are not being fully utilized, but it also results in lower consumer spending as there are fewer workers receiving paychecks.

    Note: The unemployment rate generally moves slowly, so changes of only a few tenths of a percent are still considered significant. Also note that the unemployment rate does not account for discouraged workers. Therefore, in an economically depressed environment, such as that which occurred in Cold War era East Germany, the Unemployment Rate may not accurately reflect the extent of problems.

    Date: Feb, 27 23:30
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 2.2%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    2.2% - -
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    Feb, 27 23:50
    Retail Sales
    Retail Sales
    Country:

    Gauge for goods sold at retail outlets in the past month. Retail Sales is a leading indicator for the economy. Rising consumer spending fuels economic growth, confirms signals from consumer confidence, and may spark inflationary pressures.

    The headline figure is expressed as the percentage change from the same month last year.

    Date: Feb, 27 23:50
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.2% m/m; -2.6% y/y
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    0.2% m/m; -2.6% y/y - -
    Feb, 27 23:50
    Industrial Production
    Industrial Production
    Country:

    Measures the per volume change in output from mining, quarrying, manufacturing, energy and construction sectors in Japan. Industrial production is significant as a short-term indicator of the strength of Japanese industrial activity. High or rising Industrial Production figures suggest increased production and economic expansion. However, uncontrolled levels of production and consumption can spark inflation.

    The report is only a preliminary estimate figure that does not move the markets much. The figure is released in headlines as a monthly percent change.

    Date: Feb, 27 23:50
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 1.2% m/m; -3.1% y/y
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    1.2% m/m; -3.1% y/y - -
    Feb, 28 00:01
    GfK Consumer Confidence Survey
    GfK Consumer Confidence Survey
    Country:

    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. The report also breaks down results into parts of the economy, giving a detailed picture of the consumer climate in Great Britain. GfK Consumer Confidence is one of the most closely watched surveys. The survey results are quantified into index where 0 represents long term Consumer Confidence averages. The headline figure is expressed in percentage change. On a global basis, the indicator is very important for the economy, as it reflects consumers sentiments which formed the major portion of Great Britain GDP. The survey is conducted monthly by GfK, a market research organization, on behalf of the EU commission.

    Date: Feb, 28 00:01
    Importance: Low
    Previous: -9
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    -9 - -
    Feb, 28 00:30
    Private Sector Credit
    Private Sector Credit
    Country:
    Private Sector Credit released by the Reserve Bank of Australia is an amount of money that the Australian private sector borrows.
    Date: Feb, 28 00:30
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.2% m/m; 2.4% y/y
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    0.2% m/m; 2.4% y/y - -
    Feb, 28 05:00
    Housing Starts
    Housing Starts
    Country:

    The Housing Starts figure reflects the rate of growth in housing construction. The number of housing starts is an indicator of the strength of Japan 's construction sector and a leading indicator for the direction of the economy as a whole. Housing Starts respond quickly to changes in the business cycle, promptly slowing at the onset of a recession and growing at the beginning of an economic boom. A high Housing Starts figure is generally bullish for the economy, as it indicates overall economic growth.

    The headline figures are the year on year percentage change in value of housing starts, and the value of all houses started for construction that year.

    Date: Feb, 28 05:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.852M; -7.9%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    0.852M; -7.9% - -
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    Feb, 28 07:00
    Import Price Index
    Import Price Index
    Country:

    This index measures changes in the prices of imports into a country per month.

    Date: Feb, 28 07:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.2% m/m; -0.7% y/y
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    0.2% m/m; -0.7% y/y - -
    Feb, 28 07:30
    Retail Sales
    Retail Sales
    Country:

    Gauge for goods sold at retail outlets in the past month. Retail Sales is a leading indicator for the Swiss economy since private consumption makes up a large portion of Swiss Gross Domestic Product. Rising consumer spending fuels economic growth, confirms signals from consumer confidence, and may spark inflationary pressures.

    The headline figure is expressed as the percentage change from the same month last year.

    Date: Feb, 28 07:30
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.1%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    0.1% - -
    Feb, 28 07:45
    Consumer Spending
    Consumer Spending
    Country:

    Change in the total value of inflation-adjusted goods expenditures by consumers.

    Date: Feb, 28 07:45
    Importance: Low
    Previous: -0.3%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    -0.3% - -
    Feb, 28 07:45
    GDP
    GDP
    Country:

    The Gross Domestic Product is a comprehensive measure of an overall production and consumption of goods and services. GDP serves as one of the primary measures of overall economic well-being. While GDP announcements generally conform to expectations, unanticipated changes in this metric can move markets.

    Robust GDP growth signals a heightened level of economic activity and often a higher demand for the domestic currency. At the same time, economic expansion raises concerns about inflationary pressures which may lead monetary authorities to increase interest rates. Thus better than expected GDP figures are generally bullish for the Euro, while negative readings are generally bearish.

    Technically, Gross Domestic Product is calculated in the following way:

    GDP = C + I + G + (EX - IM)

    where

    C = private consumption, I = private investment, G = government expenditure, EX = exports of goods and services, IM = imports of goods and services.

    French GDP figures, officially called Quarterly National Accounts, are released quarterly. The headline figures are annualized percentage changes in real and nominal GDP.

    Date: Feb, 28 07:45
    Importance: Low
    Previous: -0.1%q/q; 0.8% y/y
    Forecast: -0.1%q/q; 0.8% y/y
    Actual: -
    Period: 4 quarter
    -0.1%q/q; 0.8% y/y -0.1%q/q; 0.8% y/y -
    Feb, 28 08:00
    ★★
    KOF Economic Barometer
    KOF Economic Barometer
    Country:

    The Swiss KOF Economic Barometer is a leading indicator which measures overall economic activity and is an excellent indicator of the direction of the Swiss economy. The KOF Economic Barometer is one or two quarters ahead of the GDP growth rate of the previous year and thus enables an initial estimate to be made of how the Swiss economy will perform in the next or in the next two quarters.

    The Barometer is ultimately adjusted to take account of seasonal fluctuations and random factors. The Barometer is published monthly.

    Date: Feb, 28 08:00
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 100.1
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    100.1 - -
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    Feb, 28 08:55
    ★★
    Unemployment Rate
    Unemployment Rate
    Country:

    The percentage of individuals in the labor force who are without a job but actively seeking one. A higher Unemployment Rate is generally a drain on the economy. Not only does it mean that resources are not being fully utilized, but it also results in lower consumer spending as there are fewer workers receiving paychecks.

    Note: The unemployment rate generally moves slowly, so changes of only a few tenths of a percent are still considered significant. Also note that the unemployment rate does not account for discouraged workers. Therefore, in an economically depressed environment, such as that which occurred in Cold War era East Germany, the Unemployment Rate may not accurately reflect the extent of problems.

    Date: Feb, 28 08:55
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 5.0%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    5.0% - -
    Feb, 28 08:55
    ★★
    Unemployment Change
    Unemployment Change
    Country:

    The indicator shows the number of unemployed people in Germany.

    Date: Feb, 28 08:55
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: -2K
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    -2K - -
    Feb, 28 09:00
    Unemployment Rate
    Unemployment Rate
    Country:

    The percentage of individuals in the labor force who are without a job but actively seeking one. A higher Unemployment Rate is generally a drain on the economy. Not only does it mean that resources are not being fully utilized, but it also results in lower consumer spending as there are fewer workers receiving paychecks.

    Note: The unemployment rate generally moves slowly, so changes of only a few tenths of a percent are still considered significant. Also note that the unemployment rate does not account for discouraged workers. Therefore, in an economically depressed environment, such as that which occurred in Cold War era East Germany, the Unemployment Rate may not accurately reflect the extent of problems.

    Date: Feb, 28 09:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 9.8%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    9.8% - -
    Feb, 28 10:00
    ECB's Jens Weidmann Speaks
    ECB's Jens Weidmann Speaks
    Country:
    Jens Weidmann is a German economist and president of the Deutsche Bundesbank.Statements of the German representatives always attracts attention as their opinion is very ponderable.
    Date: Feb, 28 10:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: -
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: -
    - - -
    Feb, 28 13:00
    ★★
    CPI
    CPI
    Country:

    Assesses changes in the cost of living by measuring changes in the prices of consumer items. The CPI is the headline inflation figure that indicates the strength of domestic inflationary pressures. Simply put, inflation reflects a decline in the purchasing power of the Euro in Germany , where each Euro buys fewer goods and services. CPI is the most popular way to measure changes in purchasing power. The report tracks changes in the price of a basket of goods and services that a typical German household might purchase. An increase in the index indicates that it takes more Euros to purchase this same set of basic consumer items.

    The German CPI is significant as one of the primary gauges of inflation. As the largest Eurozone economy, inflation in Germany will contribute significantly to inflation in the Eurozone and the behavior of the European Central Bank. High or rising inflation acts as a signal to the ECB to raise interest rates, an action which will result in the strengthening of the Euro. The headline figure for CPI is the percentage change in monthly and annualized percentage term.

    Date: Feb, 28 13:00
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: -0.6% m/m; 1.7% y/y
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    -0.6% m/m; 1.7% y/y - -
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    Feb, 28 13:00
    ★★
    Harmonized CPI
    Harmonized CPI
    Country:

    The Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) reflects changes in the prices of consumer goods and services in a specified period of time. The HICP measures changes of the average price level for goods and services that households consume (the fixed consumer basket). HICP is pure price index. It does not reflect the changes in buying or consumption patterns, brands, and does not reflect the effect of outlet and service provider substitution.

    Date: Feb, 28 13:00
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: -0.8% m/m; 1.6% y/y
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    -0.8% m/m; 1.6% y/y - -
    Feb, 28 13:30
    ★★★
    Gross Domestic Product
    Gross Domestic Product
    Country:

    A comprehensive measure of Canada's overall production and consumption of goods and services. GDP is a significant report in FX Market, serving as one of the primary indicators of a country's overall economic health.

    Robust GDP growth signals a heightened level of economic activity and often a higher demand for the domestic currency. At the same time, economic expansion raises concerns about inflationary pressures which may prompt monetary authorities to increase interest rates. Thus positive GDP readings are generally bullish for the Canadian Dollar, while negative readings are generally bearish.

    Most production reports that lead to Canadian GDP are released before the official GDP number. Therefore, actual GDP figures usually confirm expectations. However, an unexpected release can move markets due to the significance of the figure.

    Technically, Gross Domestic Product is calculated in the following way:

    GDP = C + I + G + (EX - IM)

    where
    C = private consumption
    I = private investment
    G = government expenditure
    EX = exports of goods and services
    IM = imports of goods and services

    The headline figures for GDP are the percentage growth rate from the previous quarter and the annualized percentage change in GDP. Prices used are benchmarked to 1997 prices.

    Date: Feb, 28 13:30
    Importance: High
    Previous: 0.1% m/m; 1.5% y/y
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Dec
    0.1% m/m; 1.5% y/y - -
    Feb, 28 13:30
    ★★
    Raw Materials Price Index
    Raw Materials Price Index
    Country:

    Measures the prices paid by Canadian manufacturers for key raw materials, including resources not produced in Canada. Also known as the Producer Price Index, the RMPI is an early measure of inflation. Although producers may not pass on changes in raw material prices to consumers immediately, the index will record these cost pressures before they reach the end consumer and affect inflation rates. The headline figure is the percentage change in the price index from the previous month and year.

    The index includes prices for raw materials like mineral fuels, vegetable products, animal and animal products, wood, ferrous materials, non-ferrous metals, and non-metallic minerals.
     

    Date: Feb, 28 13:30
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 2.8%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    2.8% - -
    Feb, 28 13:30
    Industrial Product Price Index
    Industrial Product Price Index
    Country:

    Industrial Product Price Index released by the Statistics Canada measures price changes for major commodities sold by Canadian manufactures. Changes in the IPP index are widely followed as an indicator of commodity inflation.

    Date: Feb, 28 13:30
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.1%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    0.1% - -
    Feb, 28 13:30
    ★★
    PCE Core
    PCE Core
    Country:

    Comprehensive measure of how much consumers spend each month, 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. Spending also has direct affect on inflationary pressures.

    A healthy Personal Spending figure means that consumers are buying goods and services, fueling the economy and spurring output growth. The report is particularly valued for forecasting inflationary pressures. Taken in excess these high levels of consumption and production may lead to an overall increase in prices. Indeed, the Fed uses a measure of inflation derived from the PCE as their primary gauge of inflation.

    On the other hand, persistently low Personal Spending may result in decreasing levels of output and an economic downturn.

    Because income is either spent or saved, Personal Spending (when reported as a percent of income rather than the headline percent change) has an inverse relationship to personal saving. Economists watch the growth of Personal Spending in relation to income and saving to determine if consumers are living beyond their means, which would influence levels of borrowing and future consumption.

    The PCE figure is released in headlines as a percent change from the previous month.

    Core Personal Consumption Expenditure
    Volatile items like food and energy can fluctuate widely due to seasonal and non-systemic factors. In order to provide a less erratic picture of Personal Consumption, food and energy items are excluded in the PCE core report.

    The headline figure of PCE is expressed in percentage change in spending for the quarter.

    Note: The Personal Consumption Expenditure figure is reported with the Personal Income and Outlays figure.

    Date: Feb, 28 13:30
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 0.2% m/m; 1.6% y/y
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    0.2% m/m; 1.6% y/y - -
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    Feb, 28 13:30
    ★★
    Personal Spending
    Personal Spending
    Country:

    Comprehensive measure of how much consumers spend each month, 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. Spending also has direct affect on inflationary pressures.

    A healthy Personal Spending figure means that consumers are buying goods and services, fueling the economy and spurring output growth. The report is particularly valued for forecasting inflationary pressures. Taken in excess these high levels of consumption and production may lead to an overall increase in prices. Indeed, the Fed uses a measure of inflation derived from the PCE as their primary gauge of inflation.

    On the other hand, persistently low Personal Spending may result in decreasing levels of output and an economic downturn.

    Because income is either spent or saved, Personal Spending (when reported as a percent of income rather than the headline percent change) has an inverse relationship to personal saving. Economists watch the growth of Personal Spending in relation to income and saving to determine if consumers are living beyond their means, which would influence levels of borrowing and future consumption.

    The PCE figure is released in headlines as a percent change from the previous month.

    Date: Feb, 28 13:30
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 0.3%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    0.3% - -
    Feb, 28 13:30
    Personal Income
    Personal Income
    Country:

    Broad gauge of employee earnings in the US . Personal Income measures the pre-tax income households receive from employment, investments, and transfer payments. As wages and salaries make up the majority of Personal Income, the figure can provide insight on the US employment situation. However, because Personal Income is released after the headline employment figure and earnings figures, its impact on the market is muted. The figure is still useful in gauging the purchasing ability of consumers, though, as rising Personal Income allows for strong consumers spending. Such spending drives output growth and fuels the US economy.

    Date: Feb, 28 13:30
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 0.2%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    0.2% - -
    Feb, 28 13:30
    ★★
    Goods Trade Balance
    Goods Trade Balance
    Country:
    Since July 2015, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis has started publishing preliminary estimate of goods trade balance. This release will be 4-7 earlier than trade balance data. Growth in the reading favors the US dollar.
    Date: Feb, 28 13:30
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: -68.3bln
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    -68.3bln - -
    Feb, 28 13:30
    Wholesale Inventories
    Wholesale Inventories
    Country:

    The stock of unsold goods held by wholesalers. Wholesalers act as intermediaries between manufacturers or importers, and retailers. Wholesalers sell directly to retailers, who strive to act in accordance (ideally) with consumer demand. Consequently, high Wholesale Inventories indicate that unsold goods are piling up, suggesting that retailers are facing lagging consumer demand and unwilling to purchase goods. Conversely, declining Wholesale Inventories suggest retailers are buying more goods to meet strong or rising demand. Because Wholesale Inventories reflect the demand retailers have for their manufacturers' wares, the report offers an early indication of the potential strength of consumer spending.

    Wholesale Inventories are reported in headlines as a percent change from the previous month.

    Date: Feb, 28 13:30
    Importance: Low
    Previous: -0.2%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Jan
    -0.2% - -
    Feb, 28 14:45
    ★★
    Chicago Purchasing Managers Index
    Chicago Purchasing Managers Index
    Country:

    Monthly measure of the business conditions based on surveys of purchasing managers across Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Released on the last business day of the reporting month, the report's significance has recently declined, with its only significance being that it precedes the more anticipated ISM report. Subsequently, it is used to predict the ISM report as the Chicago survey retains a high correlation with the broader economic release.

    Referring to a benchmark of 50, the report is considered to reflect expansion when printing a reading of 50 or higher. Conversely, a reading of 49 and lower would be indicative of contraction.

    Date: Feb, 28 14:45
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 42.9
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    42.9 - -
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    Feb, 28 15:00
    ★★
    Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index
    Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index
    Country:

    Assesses consumer confidence regarding personal finances, business conditions and purchasing power based on hundreds of telephone surveys. Especially valued for its quick turnaround, the University of Michigan Confidence survey is considered one of the foremost indicators of US consumer sentiment. The survey polls a smaller sample of consumers and is less established than the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index.

    Declining consumer confidence levels usually accompany any fall income or wages and precede drops in consumer spending. A low or falling sentiment value is considered an early indicator of an economic downturn. As a result, investors, retailers and traders alike all watch the figure for insight into the general health of the economy. The University of Michigan figures have recently preceded turning in overall GDP.

    The headline figure is calculated by subtracting the percentage of unfavorable replies from the percentage of favorable replies.

    Date: Feb, 28 15:00
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 100.9
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    100.9 - -
    Feb, 28 15:00
    UoM Inflation Expectations
    UoM Inflation Expectations
    Country:
    The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index released by the University of Michigan is a survey of personal consumer confidence in economic activity. It shows a picture of whether or not consumers are willing to spend money. Generally speaking, a high reading anticipates positive (or bullish) for the USD, while a low reading is seen as negative (or bearish).
    Date: Feb, 28 15:00
    Importance: Low
    Previous: 2.5%; 2.3%
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    2.5%; 2.3% - -
    Feb, 29 01:00
    ★★★
    PMI Manufacturing
    PMI Manufacturing
    Country:

    A monthly gauge of manufacturing activity and future outlook. The CIPS PMI is comparable to the US ISM survey, similarly based on the opinions of executives in manufacturing companies. Purchasing managers are tasked with gauging future demand, and adjusting orders for materials accordingly. The PMI summarizes the opinions of these executives to give a picture of the future of the manufacturing sector. A higher PMI indicates that materials purchases are increasing and that the economic outlook is positive. Alternately, a lower PMI means orders for materials are down and the future outlook is less favorable. By nature, the figure is very sensitive to the business cycle and tends to match growth or decline in the economy as a whole.

    The PMI is presented as an index with a value between 1-100.

    Date: Feb, 29 01:00
    Importance: High
    Previous: 50.0
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    50.0 - -
    Feb, 29 01:00
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    Non-Manufacturing PMI
    Non-Manufacturing PMI
    Country:

    It is a major indicator of the strength of the non-manufacturing sector of China.

    Date: Feb, 29 01:00
    Importance: Medium
    Previous: 54.1
    Forecast: -
    Actual: -
    Period: Feb
    54.1 - -
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