Economic Calendar - Trading Based on Scheduled Reports That Affect the Markets

An economic calendar contains dates when reports are scheduled to be released, often times with previous results and market expectations of future results.

For the purpose of this brief article, I'll be referring to one's based on U.S. data. If you live abroad, there may be economic calendars which may effect you differently that you should look into.

Before I get into some example sources to check into, remember that any website, whether it be finance related, general news related or many other types out there, usually do their best to provide timely, accurate information.

Economic Calendar

This may not always be the case though. Delays can occur, typing errors can happen, communication connection problems can occur, etc. You get the picture I think. Just about every economic calendar you'll come across is no different.

Data is data and news is news. None of the information provided on these reports are guaranteed to be 100% accurate all the time, that's why they all have a disclaimer. Besides, the data they provide is for "general informational purposes only, and not to be construed as investment advice...". Get it?

With that out of the way, I've found most calendars to be very timely and accurate myself. Be sure to check the data with news reports as best you can to confirm the results.

Some examples of data and results you'll find are: GDP, Retail Sales, Business Inventories, Unemployment, Consumer Sentiment, Industrial Production, Housing, etc. You can go through a calendar to view upcoming days and weeks as well as past results.

Also found on the calendars are the expectations for the results. Once a report is announced, the calendar will usually update as well. I've included two separate sources below to check out:

Check out each of the one's I've listed above and see how they work. Be sure to compare each of their designs/layout, organization and results for accuracy. It's a good idea to bookmark a source like this and check for any upcoming announcement before entering or exiting a position as many reports tend to cause increased volatility in some of the markets.




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