New economic data are reported virtually every trading day. Investors, big and small, have to understand how these reports influence their investments, portfolios, and future sources of income. The third edition of The Trader's Guide to Key Economic Indicators examines the most important economic statistics currently used on Wall Street. In a straightforward and accessible style, it tells you exactly what these reports measure and what they really mean.
Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, this reliable resource sheds some much-needed light on theses numbers and data releases and shows you what to look for and how to react to various economic indicators.
- Covers everything from gross domestic product and employment to consumer confidence and spending
- Author Richard Yamarone shares his experience as a former trader, academic, and current Wall Street economist
- Illustrated with instructive graphs and charts that will put you ahead of market curves
Engaging and informative, this book will put you in a better position to make more informed investment decisions, based of some of today's most influential economic indicators.
Chapter 1 Gross Domestic Product 11
Chapter 2 Indexes of Leading, Lagging, and Coincident Indicators 47
Chapter 3 The Employment Situation 65
Chapter 4 Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization 83
Chapter 5 Institute for Supply Management Indexes 101
Chapter 6 Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders 123
Chapter 7 Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales 139
Chapter 8 New Residential Construction 151
Chapter 9 Conference Board Consumer Confidence and University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Indexes 167
Chapter 10 Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services 183
Chapter 11 Personal Income and Outlays 199
Chapter 12 Consumer and Producer Price Indexes 219
Chapter 13 The Fixed-Income Market 235
Chapter 14 Commodities 259
About the Author 285