Economic calendar

Unemployment figures, company earnings reports and elections – keep track of key announcements and other events that could affect the markets. 
Monday 30 January to Sunday 5 February
Federal Reserve Policy Decision

Wednesday, February 1

19:00 GMT

The Fed will kick off a busy week of central bank action on Wednesday. Signs of peak inflation has seen investors lower their expectations about the pace of tightening and the terminal interest rate. Risk assets have rallied as a result. But will the Fed throw a spanner in the works? The FOMC is expected to hike rates by a more standard 25 basis points following a 50-bps hike in December.

What to watch: USD, Gold

Bank of England Policy Decision

Thursday, February 2

12:00 GMT

An already-split Monetary Policy Committee is unlikely to be unanimous as they consider whether to opt for 50 or 25 basis point hike. The markets are about 65% confident of a 50-bps hike owing to high underlying inflation, strong wage growth and unexpected resilience in the economy. Will the GBP/USD rise to 1.25?

What to watch: GBP, UK 100

European Central Bank Policy Decision

Thursday, February 2

13:15 GMT

Several ECB officials have all but committed to raising the key rate by 0.5% to 2.5%, although policymakers have expressed different preferences for March. Thus, the market reaction on Thursday is likely to be about the future policy decision, especially after ECB President indicated there will be significant policy tightening at a "steady pace". Will Christine Lagarde provide more clarity on this?

What to watch: EUR, Germany 40

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      Economic calendar FAQ

      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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      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.

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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 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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