Economic Calendar

Unemployment figures, company earnings reports and elections – keep track of key announcements and other events that could affect the markets. 
Monday 20 March to Sunday 26 March

Wednesday March 22

07:00 GMT

The BoE policy makers are looking at signs that inflation is proving more persistent than it expected, with UK CPI remaining above 10% and threatening a wage-price spiral. A big miss could influence the BoE’s decision whether to hike or not on Thursday, in light of the recent turmoil concerning banks. However, if we see another print above 10%, this should almost certainly seal the deal for another rate increase.

What to watch: GBP, UK 100

FOMC rate decision

Wednesday March 22

18:00 GMT

So much has happened in recent weeks that there are many question marks as to whether the Fed will hike rates at all at this meeting. The probability of a 50 basis point which was around 70% just a week ago, sunk to zero. The probability of a no hike rose sharply. It looks like the market has settled for somewhere in between: a 25 bp hike. With not much macro data to come until the FOMC meeting, a lot hinges on financial stability of US banks now.

What to watch: USD, Gold, US Tech 100

Bank of England rate decision

Thursday March 23

12:00 GMT

A few weeks ago, the market was certain the BOE would raise rates by a quarter point to 4.25% on March 23. This would have been the continuation of the quickest tightening cycle in three about decades. But the recent banking turmoil has caused investors to cut BOE rate expectations. But will the BoE follow the footsteps of the ECB and hike anyway? After all, UK inflation is simply too high.

What to watch: GBP, UK 100

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      What is an economic calendar?

      An economic calendar is a diary that lists the upcoming economic releases and events that are likely to move markets in the coming weeks and months. It’s an essential tool for traders, helping you plan your strategy around when your chosen markets might be highly volatile.

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      How do I use an economic calendar?

      By default, the City Index calendar will show you all the potential market-moving events in the coming days – including how important each event is, plus its previous and consensus figure. 

      By tapping ‘SHOW FILTERS’, you can tailor the calendar to your specific strategy. For example, you can choose to only see events from certain countries or categories. You can even choose to only see events that are expected to deliver high volatility.

      You can also amend the timeframe of the economic calendar with the ‘Displaying’ dropdown.

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      Why should I use an economic calendar?

      An economic calendar enables you to plan your trading around key market-moving events. This is important for any trader, as economic releases can quickly change market conditions and may throw your existing strategy off course.

      Some traders steer clear of the markets entirely when economic data is due to be released; others see the heightened volatility as the best time to trade. Either way, knowing precisely when events are set to land is key to trading successfully.

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