Economic Indicators You Need To Know When Investing
If you turn on CNBC you will always see PMI is due out this week or non-farm payrolls are coming up at 9am. If you are an investor you need to know what all this macro data means in order to make sound investment decisions. Knowing these macro indicators also helps you weather the storm from all the news that comes out during the day like Ebola. All of this macro data is going to effect the stock market. Today the Fed ended QE3 (3rd round of Quantitative Easing) and the market went up 200 points. The Fed ended QE3 because of the status of the US economy according to these indicators.
The article here lists the series of macro indicators that every investor should know.
Always remember… paying too much attention to “news” is bad for your personal health and wealth.
The global economy is really based on the consumer. In the U.S., the consumer accounts for about 70% of the economy. So let’s start there. Consumer spending is growing. Personal consumption expenditures – essentially the amount of money that people are spending – have reached $11.9 trillion per year. A lot of economic indicators are hitting new highs since the economy is bigger than ever. So let’s focus more on growth rates than nominal dollar figures.
As an investor the more knowledge you have the better the investment decision you will make. Investing and trading is largely based on psychology related to fear (causing the market to go down) and greed (causing the market to rise) if you have an understanding of the macro principles and how they work with the market you will be more mentally prepared for the rigorous of today’s current volatile trading market.
Read about the status of the US economy and the macro indicators here.
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About Shaun Archer Tatum Shaun works in corporate finance in New York City. He has done financial consulting for several start-ups and has worked at several Fortune 500 companies. He has contributed several finance/investing articles on Seeking Alpha which have been published on Yahoo! Finance.