Economic Reports are important for all markets but they are a way of life for the currency traders as well as the futures and options traders. Each individual market has its own set of reports which the traders pay special attention. But there are some economic reports that are prime catalysts for almost all markets especially the currency, bonds and the stock markets that stand at the center of the financial universe.
Gross Domestic Product, the Consumer and the Producer Price Index, the monthly Employment Reports, the FED’s Beige Book and the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) are some of the important economic reports that you should be aware of as a trader. You simply cannot ignore these reports. These economic reports are considered to be important trend setters in different markets.
Now, you can know the date of release of these economic reports by looking at the Economic Calendar. Each month, most of these reports are released by the different agencies that includes both public as well as private at fixed dates. By looking at the Economic Calendar, you can know these dates as it provides the listing of dates when these reports will be released.
Now, you never know how markets are going to react to each one of these economic reports. Some are given more importance by the markets. But this preferrence also keeps on changing. Now, FOMC Meeting Minutes are considered to be very important as interest rate changes are decided in the FOMC Meeting. FOMC stands for the Federal Open Market Committee. The other important reports can be the CPI ( Consumer Price Index) and the PPI ( Producer Price Index).
The US Department of Labor’s NFP Employment Report is considered to be a major market moving report. It is released on the first Friday of each month at 8:30 AM EST. You should try to avoid trading at this time. However, there are many currency traders who now specialize in trading the NFP Report.
The release of employment figures is usually followed by frenzied trading that can last from a few minutes to the entire day depending on what the data shows and what the market was expecting.
NFP Report has become important in the last few years keeping in view the slow economic growth. Now, as the economy shifts gear from slow growth to high growth the state of employment figures can become highly important for the economy. This report is used by the traders, investors and Wall Street Analyst to anticipate any interest rate changes in the economy. In the end, it is the interest rates that stand at the center of the financial universe!