Guide to Economic Indicators: Making Sense of Economics / Edition 6

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The sixth edition of this well-established guide explains all you need to know in order to understand and interpret economic figures so that you can make up your own mind about, for example, the way different economies are performing or whether it is the right time to move into a new market. With more than ninety tables and charts, it looks at all the main economic indicators and answers.

Since the spread of globalisation, it has become even more essential in business today to have a thorough understanding of economic information: to be able to grasp fully the real implications of the economic indicators referred to in business reports and by the media. Written for the nonspecialist, this highly accessible guide explains how to understand and interpret all the main economic indicators.

Guide to Economic Indicators is above all a practical work that clearly explains the underlying economic realities of today's world. Fully updated and revised, this sixth edition is an invaluable reference for those in business, the financial markets, or government, and a necessary resource for students.

Now in its sixth edition, this fully updated and revised guide provides the keys to understanding all the major and many lessor economic indicators: what they are, what areas they cover, their reliability, and how to interpret them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576602409
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: Economist Series, #32
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Table of Contents

1 Interpreting economic indicators.

2 Essential mechanics.

3 Measuring economic activity.


Output, expenditure and income.


Putting it in context.


4 Growth: trends and cycles.

Nominal GDP.

GDP per head.

Real GDP.

GDP: output.

GDP: expenditure.


Cyclical or leading indicators.

5 Population, employment and unemployment.


Labour or workforce.


Unemployment and vacancies.

6 Fiscal indicators.

Public expenditure.

Government revenues.

Budget balance, deficit, surplus.

National debt; government or public debt.

7 Consumers.

Personal income, disposable income.

Consumer and personal expenditure, private consumption.

Personal and household savings; savings ratio.

Consumer confidence.

8 Investment and savings.

Fixed investment and GDFCF.

Investment intentions.

Stocks (inventories).

National savings, savings ratio.

9 Industry and commerce.

Business conditions; indices and surveys.

Industrial and manufacturing production.

Capacity use and utilisation.

Manufacturing orders.

Motor vehicles.

Construction orders and output.

Housing starts, completions and sales.

Wholesale sales or turnover, orders and stocks.

Retail sales or turnover, orders and stocks.

10 The balance of payments.

Accounting conventions.

Imports of goods and services.

Exports of goods and services.

Trade balance, merchandise trade balance.

Current-account balance.

Capital- and financial-account flows.

International investment position (IIP).

Official reserves.

External debt, net foreign assets.

11 Exchange rates.

Nominal exchange rates.

Special drawing rights (SDRs).

EMU, ecu, ERM and euro.

Effective exchange rates.

Real exchange rates; competitiveness.

Terms of trade.

12 Money and financial markets.

Money supply, money stock, M0 ... M5, liquidity.

Bank lending, advances, credit, consumer credit.

Central bank policy rates.

Interest rates; short-term and money-market rates.

Bond yields.

Yield curves, gaps and ratios.

Real interest rates and yields.

Share prices and yields.

13 Prices and wages.

Price indicators.

Gold price.

Oil prices.

Commodity price indices.

Export and import prices; unit values.

Producer and wholesale prices.

Surveys of price expectations.

Wages, earnings and labour costs.

Unit labour costs.

Consumer or retail prices.

Consumer or private expenditure deflators.

GDP deflators.

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