First Steps in economic indicators

Peter Temple

Economic Indicators are anything but "just numbers" - they are the keys to unlocking invaluable information about market behaviour. Covering all the major indicators reported by private and government statistical agencies - including the pricing index, employment figures, retail sales, housing - this comprehensive resource provides full descriptions of indicators and what they represent, their impact on the direction of interest rates, exchange rates, and the stock market, and how and why the market reacts as it does. The book also offers brief guidelines for gearing your investment strategies to these ever-changing economic statistics. Written in a clear non-technical terms and clearly organized by sectors of the economy, this accessible guide:takes a closer look at GDP, with an overview of the macro-economic framework using the standard national income computing methodology compares and contrasts consumer sector indicators to distinguish which series are more reliable and consistent differentiates between all measures of inflation, and makes the key distinction between inflation in the goods market and inflation in the services market explores foreign market indicators, including the monthly and quarterly indicators for the foreign exchange, domestic bond and equity markets features revealing "did you know?" titbits and cautionary tales, as well as special factors unique to specific indicators.
  • Limba : Engleza
  • Cuprins :


    1. How Economic Indicators are Calculated
    The RPI - an example
    Building blocks

    2. Who Collects and Issues them?
    Who's who in international and national statistics
    Commentary on national statistics websites
    Timing of releases

    3. Who Forecasts Them?
    Adam Smith's army
    How do the forecasters work?
    Are their forecasts accurate?
    Information on economic forecasts

    4. Prices and Money
    Money Supply
    Producer prices

    5. What We Spend
    Consumer spending
    Consumer confidence
    Public spending
    Business spending

    6. The Work We Do
    Gross domestic product
    Business confidence
    Index of production
    Employment and unemployment

    7. What We Earn, Save and Borrow
    Average earnings
    Savings ratio
    Interest rates
    How interest rates are set
    Interest rate statistics

    8. How We Trade
    Foreign trade and the balance of payments
    Exchange rates
    Commodity prices
    Terms of trade


  • Data Publicarii : 2003
  • Editie : 1
  • Format : Paperback
  • Numar pagini : 224
  • ISBN : 9780273659112
128.99 Lei

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