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May, 28 06:50
Corporate Service Price Index
Corporate Service Price Index
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Date: May, 28 06:50
Importance: Low
Previous: 0.5% y/y
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Apr

Change in the price of services purchased by corporations. It's a leading indicator of consumer inflation - when corporations pay more for services the higher costs are usually passed on to the consumer.

0.5% y/y - -
May, 29 06:30
Unemployment Rate
Unemployment Rate
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Date: May, 29 06:30
Importance: Low
Previous: 2.5%
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Apr

The percentage of individuals in the labor force who are without a job but actively seeking one. A higher Unemployment Rate is generally a drain on the economy. Not only does it mean that resources are not being fully utilized, but it also results in lower consumer spending as there are fewer workers receiving paychecks.

Note: The unemployment rate generally moves slowly, so changes of only a few tenths of a percent are still considered significant. Also note that the unemployment rate does not account for discouraged workers. Therefore, in an economically depressed environment, such as that which occurred in Cold War era East Germany, the Unemployment Rate may not accurately reflect the extent of problems.

2.5% - -
May, 29 13:00
Trade Balance
Trade Balance
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Date: May, 29 13:00
Importance: Low
Previous: 1.77bln
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Apr

A country's trade balance reflects the difference between exports and imports of goods and services. The trade balance is one of the biggest components of the Balance of Payment, giving valuable insight into pressures on country's currency.

Surpluses and Deficits
A positive Trade Balance (surplus) indicates that exports are greater than imports. When imports exceed exports, the country experiences a trade deficit. Because foreign goods are usually purchased using foreign currency, trade deficits usually reflect currency leaking out of the country. Such currency outflows may lead to a natural depreciation unless countered by comparable capital inflows (inflows in the form of investments, FDI - where foreigners investing in local equity, bond or real estates markets). At a bare minimum, deficits fundamentally weigh down the value of the currency.

Ramifications of Trade Balance on Markets
There are a number of factors that work to diminish the market impact of Trade Balance upon immediate release. The report is not very timely, coming some time after the reporting period. Developments in many of the figure's components are also typically anticipated well beforehand. Lastly, since the report reflects data for a specific reporting month or quarter, any significant changes in the Trade Balance should plausibly have already been felt during that period - and not during the release of data.

However, because of the overall significance of Trade Balance data in forecasting trends in the Forex Market, the release has historically been one of the most important reports out of the any country.

1.77bln - -
May, 29 15:00
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M3 Money Supply
M3 Money Supply
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Date: May, 29 15:00
Importance: Medium
Previous: 3.7% y/y
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Apr

The broadest measure of money supply in use by Eurozone nations. It includes all currency in circulation, bank deposits, repurchase agreements, debt securities up to 2 years, and the value of money market shares. A larger money supply reduces the purchasing power of the Euro and puts downward pressure on the exchange rate. However, because an increase in M3 leads to price inflation, this figure can also be indicative of the likelihood of future interest rate hikes. The Eurozone M3 is reported in headlines as a percent change from the previous month or as a Three Month Average, which smoothes monthly volatility in the money supply.

3.7% y/y - -
May, 29 15:00
Private Sector Credit
Private Sector Credit
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Date: May, 29 15:00
Importance: Low
Previous: 3.0% y/y
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Apr

Domestic credit to private sector refers to financial resources provided to the private sector, such as through loans, purchases of nonequity securities, and trade credits and other accounts receivable, that establish a claim for repayment.

3.0% y/y - -
May, 29 20:00
S&P/Case-Shiller 20 City
S&P/Case-Shiller 20 City
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Date: May, 29 20:00
Importance: Low
Previous: 6.8% y/y
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Mar
The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices are the leading measures of U.S. residential real estate prices, tracking changes in the value of residential real estate both nationally as well as in 20 metropolitan regions.
6.8% y/y - -
May, 29 21:00
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Consumer Confidence
Consumer Confidence
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Date: May, 29 21:00
Importance: High
Previous: 128.7
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: May

Assessment of consumer sentiment regarding business conditions, employment and personal income. Based on a representative sample of thousands of mail-in surveys, the Conference Board index has the largest pooling sample of any US measure of consumer confidence. Consumer Confidence levels are generally linked with consumer spending. For instance, when consumer confidence is on the rise consumer spending tends to increase. Low or falling consumer confidence on the other hand is typically associated with decreased spending and consumer demand.

Some analysts criticize the Consumer Confidence figure for its volatile tendencies and weak connection to household expenditure, turning instead to the University of Michigan Consumer Confidence numbers. The volatility of the Consumer Confidence figure is attributed to two factors: its pooling size and the survey time frame focus. The Conference Board surveys an entirely new group of people each month, resulting in more erratic month to month figures. Additionally, the survey queries respondents on expectations for the following six months, a relatively short term evaluation. Conversely, the University of Michigan survey will re-poll many individuals and focuses on expectations for the next one to five years. The long term focus has a stabilizing effect on consumer confidence.

Survey results are printed in the headlines where 100 reflects a recent base year.

128.7 - -
May, 30 04:00
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RBNZ Financial Stability Report
RBNZ Financial Stability Report
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Date: May, 30 04:00
Importance: High
Previous: -
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: -

The Reserve Bank published its first Financial Stability Report (FSR) in October 2004. The Financial Stability Report is published six-monthly. In the Financial Stability Report we assess and report on the soundness and efficiency of the New Zealand financial system.

- - -
May, 30 05:45
Building Permits
Building Permits
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Date: May, 30 05:45
Importance: Low
Previous: 14.7% m/m
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Apr

The number of new building projects authorized for construction New Zealand . Building Consents, or Building Permits, are issued when a building project has been authorized to begin construction. Since Building Consents serve as one of the earliest signals of expanded housing supply, the report is a leading indicator for the overall housing market. Also, because of the high outlays needed for construction projects Building Permits suggests optimism for corporate or consumer spending. Lastly, housing indicators are popular leading indicators due to the multiplier effect that they have on the rest of the economy. The headline is the percentage change in new consents for the month.

Note: When looking deeper into the report it is important to analyze in detail what the type of projects the consents are for, as Building Consents include residential housing as well as 'big-ticket' non-residential buildings and government projects that can create large gyrations in the report month to month.

14.7% m/m - -
May, 30 06:01
BRC Shop Price Index
BRC Shop Price Index
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Date: May, 30 06:01
Importance: Low
Previous: -1.0% y/y
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: May
Change in the price of goods purchased at BRC-member retail stores. Leads the government-released consumer inflation data by about 10 days, but has a narrower scope as it only includes goods purchased from retailers who belong to the BRC. This data is usually released 1 day before the Bank of England interest rate decision. Full reports are only available to BRC subscribers.
-1.0% y/y - -
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