Economics

Economics

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The jobs market is a barometer to the health of the economy. Other than interest rate announcements from the Federal Reserve there are few pieces of economic data that will move markets as much as employment data.

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Central banks use up to one hundred economic indicators, but the following five super indicators are the most important ones for FX traders to understand.

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Employment reports are one of the leading indicators that tell you if an economy is improving or worsening. The number of jobs added or lost generally tracks the business cycle and is a strong guide to future interest rate movements.

The yield curve shape at different point in the economic cycle

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Yield curves for a currency pair can reveal a wealth of valuable information. They tell you the expectations for the economies and the interest cycle.

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There's a widely held view that trade deficits are bad for a currency and surpluses are good. But is this really true? What does it mean when a country has a trade deficit?