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In today's volatile, often troubling economic landscape, there are myriad statistics and reports that paint an economic picture that can sometimes resemble a work by Jackson Pollock. These complex and often-conflicting reports could vex even the savviest investor. Economic Indicators For Dummies explains how to interpret and use key global economic indicators to make solid investments, aid in business planning, ...
In today's volatile, often troubling economic landscape, there are myriad statistics and reports that paint an economic picture that can sometimes resemble a work by Jackson Pollock. These complex and often-conflicting reports could vex even the savviest investor. Economic Indicators For Dummies explains how to interpret and use key global economic indicators to make solid investments, aid in business planning, and help develop informed decisions. In plain English, it breaks down the complex language and statistics to help you make sense of this critical information.
You'll discover how to interpret economic data within the context of other sometimes-conflicting reports and statistics, and use the information to make profitable decisions. You'll understand the meaning of such data as employment indices and housing and construction stats and how they affect stocks, bonds, commodities and international markets . . . and how you can use these statistics to make investment decisions as well as plan strategic goals for business growth. Economic Indicators For Dummies breaks down dozens of statistics and patterns to give you a better understanding of how various sources of data and information can be used.
Whether you're an investor, economics student, or business professional involved in making key strategic decisions for your company, Economic Indicators For Dummies has you covered.
Part I: Figuring Out the Economy 7
Chapter 1: Introducing Economic Indicators 9
Chapter 2: Explaining Economic Jargon 21
Chapter 3: Understanding the Big Picture: The Economy and Its Footprints 45
Part II: Making Money, Spending Money: Employment and Consumer Indicators 65
Chapter 4: Counting Jobs and Unemployment 67
Chapter 5: Survey Says: Considering Consumer Sentiment, Confi dence, and Comfort 93
Chapter 6: Spreading the Wealth: Consumer Spending and the Economy 113
Part III: The Essence of Business: Product and Service Indicators 133
Chapter 7: GDP: The Whole Enchilada 135
Chapter 8: Following the Fed 161
Chapter 9: Profi ling Manufacturing: New Orders and Shipments 185
Chapter 10: Grappling with Economic Indexes 201
Chapter 11: Spending on Housing and Residential Construction 213
Part IV: Inflation, Productivity, Interest Rates, and Commodities: Oh My! 239
Chapter 12: Determining Infl ation's Economic Impact 241
Chapter 13: Taking a Closer Look at Productivity and Economic Growth 261
Chapter 14: Eyeing Business and Municipal Borrowing in the Bond Market 273
Chapter 15: Harvesting Commodity Data 289
Part V: International Intrigue: Indicators beyond the United States 309
Chapter 16: Trading with the United States 311
Chapter 17: Following Economies Worldwide 325
Chapter 18: Monitoring Emerging Economies 345
Part VI: The Part of Tens 353
Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Track the U.S. Economy 355
Chapter 20: Ten (Or So) Money-Making Tips You Can Use with Economic Indicators 361