Economic Indicators For Dummies

Economic Indicators For Dummies

by Michael Griffis

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ISBN-13: 9781118037621
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 815,207
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Griffis, MBA, has been an active trader for more than two decades. He has written about stock trading for online audiences, and today writes about investing and marketing for clients in the banking and brokerage industries.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

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 ItsFootprints 45

Part II: Making Money, Spending Money: Employment andConsumer Indicators 65

Chapter 4: Counting Jobs and Unemployment 67

Chapter 5: Survey Says: Considering Consumer Sentiment, Confidence, and Comfort 93

Chapter 6: Spreading the Wealth: Consumer Spending and theEconomy 113

Part III: The Essence of Business: Product and ServiceIndicators 133

Chapter 7: GDP: The Whole Enchilada 135

Chapter 8: Following the Fed 161

Chapter 9: Profi ling Manufacturing: New Orders and Shipments185

Chapter 10: Grappling with Economic Indexes 201

Chapter 11: Spending on Housing and Residential Construction213

Part IV: Inflation, Productivity, Interest Rates, andCommodities: Oh My! 239

Chapter 12: Determining Infl ation's Economic Impact 241

Chapter 13: Taking a Closer Look at Productivity and EconomicGrowth 261

Chapter 14: Eyeing Business and Municipal Borrowing in the BondMarket 273

Chapter 15: Harvesting Commodity Data 289

Part V: International Intrigue: Indicators beyond the UnitedStates 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 withEconomic Indicators 361

Glossary 367

Index 375

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