The Economic Indicator Handbook helps investors more easily evaluate economic trends, to better inform investment decision making and other key strategic financial planning. Written by a Bloomberg Senior Economist, this book presents a visual distillation of the indicators every investor should follow, with clear explanation of how they're measured, what they mean, and how that should inform investment thinking. The focus on graphics, professional application, Bloomberg terminal functionality, and practicality makes this guide a quick, actionable read that could immediately start improving investment outcomes. Coverage includes gross domestic product, employment data, industrial production, new residential construction, consumer confidence, retail and food service sales, and commodities, plus guidance on the secret indicators few economists know or care about.
Past performance can predict future results – if you know how to read the indicators. Modern investing requires a careful understanding of the macroeconomic forces that lift and topple markets on a regular basis, and how they shift to move entire economies. This book is a visual guide to recognizing these forces and tracking their behavior, helping investors identify entry and exit points that maximize profit and minimize loss.
- Quickly evaluate economic trends
- Make more informed investment decisions
- Understand the most essential indicators
- Translate predictions into profitable actions
Savvy market participants know how critical certain indicators are to the formulation of a profitable, effective market strategy. A daily indicator check can inform day-to-day investing, and long-term tracking can result in a stronger, more robust portfolio. For the investor who knows that better information leads to better outcomes, The Economic Indicator Handbook is an exceptionally useful resource.
About the Author xi
CHAPTER 1 The Daily Blotter 1
CHAPTER 2 The Business Cycle 17
CHAPTER 3 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) 37
CHAPTER 4 The Labor Market and Employment 69
CHAPTER 5 Retail Sales 105
CHAPTER 6 National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Small Business Economic Trends 133
CHAPTER 7 Personal Income and Outlays 157
CHAPTER 8 Housing and Construction 183
CHAPTER 9 Manufacturing 207
CHAPTER 10 Prices and Inflation 237
CHAPTER 11 Confidence and Sentiment 263
CHAPTER 12 The Federal Reserve 291
Sources and Additional Reading 321