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Trading Indicators & Tools

Economic calendar: How to navigate market trends

Economic calendar: A visual depiction of a calendar showing March of 2019.

An economic calendar is a valuable resource that provides traders with a scheduled list of economic events and indicators that are due to be released over a specific period. These events can range from GDP reports, unemployment rates, and central bank decisions, to various other economic indicators that have the potential to impact financial markets.

The calendar not only lists the events but also provides previous figures, expected outcomes, and the actual results once the data is released. This information is crucial as it helps traders anticipate market movements and make informed decisions.

How does it work?

The economic calendar operates on a simple yet effective principle. It aggregates economic data from various sources, providing traders with a centralized platform to access information. Each event listed on the calendar is accompanied by a volatility indicator, which gives traders an idea of the potential impact on the markets.

  • Event description:  This includes the name of the economic event, the country it relates to, and a brief description of what it entails.
  • Previous data:  This shows the results of the previous release of this particular economic event.
  • Forecast:  Analysts provide predictions based on various economic models and trends, giving traders an insight into what the market expects.
  • Actual data:  Once the event occurs, the actual data is updated on the calendar.
  • Volatility indicator:  This is usually represented by icons or colors, indicating the potential impact of the event on the markets.

Traders use this information to gauge market sentiment and make predictions on price movements. For instance, if the actual data of a major economic event significantly differs from the forecast, it can lead to substantial market volatility, presenting trading opportunities.

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Why are they important for traders?

  1. Informed decision-making: The economic calendar provides traders with crucial information that can influence market movements. By staying updated, traders can make more informed decisions, reducing the risk of unexpected market surprises.
  2. Risk management:  Understanding potential market movements helps in implementing effective risk management strategies. Traders can adjust their positions and set appropriate stop-loss and take-profit levels based on the information from the economic calendar.
  3. Strategic trading:  The calendar allows traders to plan their trades around major economic events, capitalizing on potential market movements. This is particularly important for day traders and scalpers who thrive on market volatility.
  4. Global perspective:  Since the economic calendar includes events from around the world, it provides traders with a global perspective, ensuring they are aware of events that could affect their trading instruments.
  5. Time efficiency:  Instead of searching through various news sources, traders have access to a consolidated list of economic events, saving time and ensuring they don’t miss out on important information.

Skilling: Your partner in trading

At Skilling, we understand the importance of having the right tools to succeed in trading. That’s why we offer an intuitive and comprehensive economic calendar, tailored to meet the needs of both novice and experienced traders. We are committed to providing our traders with the best tools and resources to succeed.

Embrace the power of the economic calendar and elevate your trading experience with Skilling today.

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