When I began trading, I thought that news events controlled the markets. No matter what I did, I could not control my fate when it came to news events and how they played out. I remember early on in my trading journey trying to trade all the news events as if I would make billions of dollars from predicting the outcomes. As if!
I don’t know about you, but when I started trading the Forex markets back in the day, I BARELY EVER focused on “the PPI”! I couldn’t care less, to be honest, and for a very long time, I never paid attention to this economic news event because I thought it was just something fancy for the traders at the bank.
Consumer price index (CPI) is a measure of inflation within a region that calculates the average change in the cost of goods and services.
A consistent set of metrics is used when calculating CPI, including – Transport, energy, food, housing, medical care, education, and recreational spending.
GDP stands for gross domestic product, representing the total value of goods and services produced within a country.
The standard formula used to calculate GDP is the following:
Gross domestic product = Consumption + Government spending + Investments + (Exports – Imports)
If this week has taught me anything, it’s that you can never be too sure because you never know what’s coming or when it is coming. This past week we witnessed the US elections, and with that came volatility.
As traders, we love volatility. We love movement in a bearish or bullish direction.
Early on in my Forex trading journey, I never followed Economic events to the tee. I genuinely felt it was useless, and so I left that out of my trading strategy altogether.
One day, I found myself on top of the moon because I had a couple of GBP trades open, which were going incredibly well until…
The Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) report is an economic indicator measuring employment change within the United States.
Each month, NFP shows the net change in the number of paid employees, excluding specific sectors like the farming industry and non-profit organizations.
Do you remember the housing market crash in 2007 and the financial crisis that followed in 2008?? Like myself, you may have been too young to understand what was going on.
BUT those who worked for Lehman Brothers, and other major banks, will never forget it.
Living in the Information Age, makes information way more accessible and it also means it is easy for anyone to put out news! Whether that information is credible or not is an entirely different story. Probably the most important thing to consider is the reliability of stories before making any investment decisions.
Remember in the Main Fundamental Forces In Forex article we said that certain fundamental events can lead to large movements in the Forex markets? And we named a few such as the GDP, unemployment rates, and even interest rates. In this article, we will look at the fundamental event known as the FOMC Meeting.