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Using Economic Indicators to Improve Investment Analysis, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-74096-4
338 pages
February 2006
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"A virtual bible of how economic indicators are constructed and used. Important tidbits of history are mixed with present-day nuances to explain why we should care about all the economic indicators."
?Allen Grommet, Senior Economist, Cambridge Consumer Credit Index

"This book is an indispensable resource for anyone that wants a practical understanding of the economy and how it is measured. The information is clear, concise, and will help investors at all levels leverage the vast amount of economic data available."
?Jesse Harriott, PhD, Vice President of Research, Monster Worldwide, Inc.

This updated guide to economic indicators -- what they are and what they really mean -- covers all major economic indicators, from GDP to the consumer price index. You'll not only learn what key economic measurements are and how to read and interpret them, you'll discover how to use them to make better, more-informed financial, trading, and investing decisions.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations v

Preface ix Acknowledgments xiii

CHAPTER 1 Cycles, Markets, and Participants 1

CHAPTER 2 National Income and Product Accounts 23

CHAPTER 3 The Consumer Sector 53

CHAPTER 4 Investment Spending 87

CHAPTER 5 The Foreign Sector 115

CHAPTER 6 The Government Sector 129

CHAPTER 7 Inflation 135

CHAPTER 8 The Labor Market 175

CHAPTER 9 Other Measures of Production 201

CHAPTER 10 The Federal Reserve System 227

CHAPTER 11 The Treasury 261

CHAPTER 12 Making Strategic Investment Decisions 279

Appendix A Sources of Information 303

Appendix B Economic Indicator Releases by Statistical Agency 309

Notes 313

Bibliography 319

About the Author 329

Index 331

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Author Information

EVELINA M. TAINER is Chief Economist at Econoday, a California-based firm that specializes in providing economic information to corporate and individual investment clients. Previously chief economist at Carr Futures and president of Simply Economics, Tainer has taught economics and finance at the University of Illinois, Northwestern University, and other Chicago-area universities. She has written about economics and finance for numerous national magazines and newspapers.

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