Economic Calendar

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Economic Calendar'

A calendar used by traders for the purpose of tracking the occurrence of market-moving events. Investors will research the date and time of a specific event and pay close attention to the announcement because of the high probability that it will affect the direction of the market.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Economic Calendar'

Traders in the foreign exchange market pay close attention to global events by using an economic calendar. By having the release schedule for each economic indicator, a trader can anticipate when major movements will happen. The most influential events include interest rate decisions, non-farm payroll numbers, and changes in gross domestic product (GDP), Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI).

It's important to note that there are several free resources available online that traders can use to help them determine the date/time of future market-moving events.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Budget Planning Calendar

    A schedule of activities that must be completed in order to create ...
  2. Treasury Budget

    Data released by the U.S. Treasury on a monthly basis that accounts ...
  3. State Street Investor Confidence ...

    An index that measures investor confidence by looking at actual ...
  4. Nonfarm Payroll

    A statistic researched, recorded and reported by the U.S. Bureau ...
  5. Economic Indicator

    A piece of economic data, usually of macroeconomic scale, that ...
  6. Purchasing Managers' Index - PMI

    An indicator of the economic health of the manufacturing sector. ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. What is GDP and why is it so important to investors?

    The gross domestic product (GDP) is one the primary indicators used to gauge the health of a country's economy. It represents ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What economic indicators are important to monitor when investing in the electronics ...

    The most important economic indicators to monitor when investing in the electronics sector are global gross domestic product ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What are the pros and cons of operating on a balanced-budget?

    Few issues are more complicated, contentious and controversial in contemporary American politics than balancing the federal ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What are some of the risks of holding liquid assets?

    Liquid assets, such as cash or highly marketable securities, tend to offer lower returns than illiquid assets. This leaves ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What is the average annual return for the S&P 500?

    According to historical records, the average annual return for the S&P 500 since its inception in 1928 through 2014 is ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What does it signify if there is a large discrepancy between a nation's real and ...

    A large discrepancy between a nation's real and nominal GDP signifies inflationary or deflationary forces in the economy. ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Economics

    Economics Basics

    Learn economics principles such as the relationship of supply and demand, elasticity, utility, and more!
  2. Active Trading

    Leading Economic Indicators Predict Market Trends

    Leading indicators help investors to predict and react to where the market is headed.
  3. Forex Education

    How To Set A Forex Trading Schedule

    Just because the forex market trades 24 hours a day doesn't mean you have to.
  4. Options & Futures

    Getting Started In Forex

    Before entering this market, you should define what you need from your broker and from your strategy.
  5. Investing

    Earnings Cyclicality Exposes Profitable Trends

    Learn to explore a company's past profits to find today's opportunities.
  6. Retirement

    Economic Indicators To Know

    The economy has a large impact on the market. Learn how to interpret the most important reports.
  7. Economics

    Will The US Economy Rebound In The 2nd Quarter?

    Most investors know that U.S. 1st quarter growth numbers aren’t pretty. Economic statistics have been missing expectations by the largest margin since 2009
  8. Economics

    The U.S. Economy May Be Stronger Than You Think

    While the economic performance in the U.S. broadly disappointed in the first quarter, temporary factors presented one-off events that depressed output.
  9. Economics

    How The GDP Of The US Is Calculated

    The US GDP may not be a perfect economic measure, but the ability to compare it to prior periods and other countries makes it the most applicable.
  10. Economics

    One Silver Lining Of Slower Global Growth

    Stocks struggled last week amid more evidence out of the world’s largest economies that global economic growth isn’t accelerating as expected.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Fisher Effect

    An economic theory proposed by economist Irving Fisher that describes the relationship between inflation and both real and ...
  2. Fiduciary

    1. A person legally appointed and authorized to hold assets in trust for another person. The fiduciary manages the assets ...
  3. Expected Return

    The amount one would anticipate receiving on an investment that has various known or expected rates of return. For example, ...
  4. Carrying Value

    An accounting measure of value, where the value of an asset or a company is based on the figures in the company's balance ...
  5. Capital Account

    A national account that shows the net change in asset ownership for a nation. The capital account is the net result of public ...
  6. Brand Equity

    The value premium that a company realizes from a product with a recognizable name as compared to its generic equivalent. ...
Trading Center