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Dec, 18 01:50
Trade Balance
Trade Balance
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Date: Dec, 18 01:50
Importance: Low
Previous: 322.9В; 285.4bln
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Nov

The difference between the total value of exports and the total value of imports. A positive figure indicates a trade surplus while a negative value represents a trade deficit. Because Japan 's economy is highly export-led, trade data can give critical insight into developments in Japan 's economy and changes into foreign exchange rates.

A surplus reflects capital flowing into Japan in exchange for Japanese exports, and a deficit means that capital is flowing out of Japan as imports are purchased in larger volumes by Japanese consumers. A trade surplus will act as an appreciating weight on the Yen, whereas a trade deficit will place downward pressure on the Yen's value.

Details in the Trade Balance report itself give useful insight into changing trends regarding Japanese trade. Such developments are especially important for the country, which is an export-oriented economy that has historically experienced large trade surpluses. Any affect on this could have dramatic affect on the domestic economy.

The headline figure for trade balance is expressed in millions of Yen and usually accompanied by a year-on-year percentage change figure.

322.9В; 285.4bln - -
Dec, 18 03:15
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Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook
Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook
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Date: Dec, 18 03:15
Importance: Medium
Previous: -
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: -
The Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) updates the economic and fiscal outlook from the previous budget. As well as updating the economic and fiscal outlook, the MYEFO updates the budgetary position. In particular, the MYEFO takes account of all decisions made since the release of the budget which affect expenses and revenue and hence revises the budget aggregates. An appendix to MYEFO summarises all policy decisions taken since the budget.
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Dec, 18 12:00
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Consumer Price Index
Consumer Price Index
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Date: Dec, 18 12:00
Importance: Medium
Previous: 1.5% y/y
Forecast: 1.5% y/y
Actual: -
Period: Nov

CPI is the key gauge for inflation in the Eurozone. Inflation, simply put, is a decline in the purchasing power of the Euro, where each Euro buys fewer goods and services due to higher consumer prices. The index tracks changes in the price of a basket of goods and services that a typical household might purchase. When the CPI is high, it indicates that significant inflationary pressures exist in Eurozone economies. This puts pressure on the European Central Bank to raise interest rates. When CPI comes out lower than expected, the ECB is expected to lower interest rates, or keep them lower, to encourage economic growth. As a rule, the Bank adjusts rates in order to keep Europe consumer price inflation in the 0 to 2 percent range.

1.5% y/y 1.5% y/y -
Dec, 18 12:00
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Consumer Price Index Core
Consumer Price Index Core
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Date: Dec, 18 12:00
Importance: Medium
Previous: 0.9% y/y
Forecast: 0.9% y/y
Actual: -
Period: Nov

CPI is the key gauge for inflation in the Eurozone. Inflation, simply put, is a decline in the purchasing power of the Euro, where each Euro buys fewer goods and services due to higher consumer prices. The index tracks changes in the price of a basket of goods and services that a typical household might purchase. When the CPI is high, it indicates that significant inflationary pressures exist in Eurozone economies. This puts pressure on the European Central Bank to raise interest rates. When CPI comes out lower than expected, the ECB is expected to lower interest rates, or keep them lower, to encourage economic growth. As a rule, the Bank adjusts rates in order to keep Europe consumer price inflation in the 0 to 2 percent range.

0.9% y/y 0.9% y/y -
Dec, 18 13:00
CBI Industrial Order Expectations
CBI Industrial Order Expectations
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Date: Dec, 18 13:00
Importance: Low
Previous: 17
Forecast: 14
Actual: -
Period: Dec

This index characterizes the volume of new orders in the industrial sector. The growth of industrial orders is a sign that the economy expands. Increase in orders leads to higher employment in the industry.
Increase in orders will lead to further growth in manufacturing, and hence lead to growth of the national currency and domestic stock market. In the bond market, this leads to an increase in profitability of government securities. The index is certainly important for the market. Sometimes a strong deviation from the forecast values of the index can cause a strong change of the pound sterling rate. Certainly, the indicator is not able to deploy the prevailing trend.

17 14 -
Dec, 18 13:00
Bundesbank Monthly Report
Bundesbank Monthly Report
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Date: Dec, 18 13:00
Importance: Low
Previous: -
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Dec

Market impact tends to be greater when the report reveals a viewpoint that clashes with the ECB's stance. It contains relevant articles, speeches, statistical tables, and provides detailed analysis of current and future economic conditions from the bank's viewpoint.

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Dec, 18 15:30
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Foreign Securities Purchases
Foreign Securities Purchases
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Date: Dec, 18 15:30
Importance: Medium
Previous: 16.81bln
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Oct

Summarizes the flow of stocks, bonds, and money market funds to and from Canada.

16.81bln - -
Dec, 18 17:00
NAHB Housing Market Index
NAHB Housing Market Index
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Date: Dec, 18 17:00
Importance: Low
Previous: 70
Forecast: 70
Actual: -
Period: Dec

A timely gauge of home sales and expectations for future home building. Based on a small sample of homebuilders, the Housing Market Index is a timely indicator of future US home sales. However, as the index is not as comprehensive as formal housing reports like new home sales or MBA mortgage applications, the index acts more like a supplemental indicator for predicting housing trends.

As such, the NAHB Housing Market Index is still able to provide general insight to where the housing market is heading. Given that new home sales reflect 'big ticket' items that require construction and investment, the housing market is often viewed as an indicator of the direction of the economy as a whole. Growth in the housing market will spur subsequent spending, generating demand for goods and services and the employees who provide them.

The report headline is expressed in percentage change from the previous month. The NAHB Housing Market Index divides the Single-Family Sales data into three categories: Present, Next 6 Months and Prospective Buyers Traffic.

70 70 -
Dec, 18 23:00
Westpac Consumer Sentiment
Westpac Consumer Sentiment
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Date: Dec, 18 23:00
Importance: Low
Previous: 112.4
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: 4 quarter

Consumer Sentiment (or Consumer Confidence) measures the level of confidence households have in economic performance. Generally rising consumer confidence acts as a precursor to higher consumer expenditures which drive economic expansion.

112.4 - -
Dec, 19 02:00
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ANZ Business Confidence
ANZ Business Confidence
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Date: Dec, 19 02:00
Importance: Medium
Previous: -39.3
Forecast: -
Actual: -
Period: Dec

The results of the ANZ Bank Business survey held among businesses nationwide.

-39.3 - -
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