Economic Calendar

Unemployment figures, company earnings reports and elections – keep track of key announcements and other events that could affect the markets. 

Monday 22 July to Sunday 28 July

Global PMIs

Wednesday, July 24

All day

Weakness in European manufacturing sector PMIs in the last two years has been a major source of concern, as we have hardly seen any growth in the industry. That trend is unlikely to change, but any improvements will be welcomed by the markets. It is also worth keeping an eye on services sector PMIs, in particular the prices component which can be a leading indicator of inflation. Sticky inflation in services is a major reason why central banks have been hesitant to cut rates.

What to watch: EUR, Germany 40

BOC policy decision

Wednesday, July 24

14:45 BST

The Bank of Canada cut rates 25bps to 4.75% at its June 2024 meeting and signalled more could be on the way should inflation continue to slow. Well, inflation did slow further, with the Median CPI falling fall to 2.6% y/y in June while Canada’s GDP growth was softer in Q1, and the unemployment rate climbed unexpectedly to 6.4% y/y in June. So economic data does warrant more accommodative policy, but a relatively more hawkish Fed means the BOC may not be in a rush to cut.

What to watch: USD/CAD, CAD/JPY

Core PCE

Friday, July 26

13:30 BST

Recent comments from several Federal Reserve officials, a cooling jobs market and falling CPI all suggest the central bank is getting closer to cutting rates in September. Policymakers are yet to acknowledge the Fed has achieved price stability but are very close to. Their favourite inflation measure - the core PCE price index - could give them that confidence on Friday. However, if the data is not very encouraging then uncertainty will persist.

What to watch: USD, Gold

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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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      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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      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.

      Tap on any event for more information.

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