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Economics - Economic Indicators

Every week a number of economic surveys and indicators are released. At one time, experienced professionals and economists had a distinct advantage in receiving this data in a timely fashion. Fortunately, the internet has changed this situation by providing access to anyone who wants it.

Economic indicators can have a huge impact on the market; consequently, knowing how to construe and analyze the information they contain is very important for forex traders. In this section we'll cover some of the most important economic indicators. You'll learn where to find them, how to read them and how you can use them to be successful in the forex market.

Top Economic Indicators

For background reading, see Economic Indicators For The Do-It-Yourself Investor.

Producer Price Index


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