The Wsj Guide to the Fifty Economic Indicators That Really Matter: From Big Macs to 'zombie Banks,' the Indicators Smart Investors Watch to Beat the Market

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  • Copyright: 2011-05-03
  • Publisher: Harpercollins

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The Wall Street Journal Guide to the 50 Economic Indicators that Really Matter is a must-have guide for investors. Dow Jones columnist Simon Constable and respected financial historian Robert E. Wright offer valuable tips and insight to help investors forecast and exploit sea changes in the global macroeconomic climate. Unlike other investment handbooks, Constable and Wright's guide explores the not widely known economic indicators that the smartest investors watch closely in order to beat the stock market-from #x1C;Big Macs#x1D; to #x1C;Zombie Banks.#x1D; Not only valuable and informative, The Wall Street Journal Guide to the 50 Economic Indicators that Really Matter is also wonderfully irreverent and endlessly entertaining, making it the most fun to read investors' guide on the market.

Author Biography

Robert E. Wright, PhD, is the Nef Family Chair of Political Economy at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has authored or coauthored eleven books and has written for Barron's, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Los Angeles Times, and other prominent publications.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Consumption (C)
Automobile Salesp. 3
Chain Store Salesp. 8
Consumer Sentimentp. 13
Existing Home Salesp. 18
Underemployment or Slackp. 23
Investment (I)
Book-to-Bill Ratiop. 31
Copper Pricep. 36
Durable Goods Ordersp. 41
Housing Permits and Startsp. 46
Industrial Production and Capacity Utilizationp. 51
Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Surveyp. 56
Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Non-Manufacturing Surveyp. 61
JoC-ECRI Industrial Price Indexp. 66
London Metal Exchange Inventoriesp. 71
Personal Savings Ratep. 76
Unit Labor Costsp. 81
Government (G)
Federal Government Budget Deficits and the National Debtp. 89
Net Exports (NX)
Baltic Dry Indexp. 97
Big Mac Indexp. 102
Current Account Deficitp. 108
Oil Inventoriesp. 113
Tankan Surveyp. 118
TIC Datap. 123
Multiple Components
Beige Bookp. 131
Crack Spreadp. 136
Credit Availability Oscillatorp. 141
Federal Funds Ratep. 146
Fertility Ratesp. 150
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per Capitap. 156
Liborp. 161
M2 Money Supplyp. 166
New Home Salesp. 171
Philadelphia Fed: The Aruoba-Diebold-Scotti Business Conditions Indexp. 176
Philadelphia Fed: Business Outlook Surveyp. 181
Real Interest Ratesp. 186
Short Interestp. 191
Russell 2000p. 196
Weekly Leading Indexp. 201
Yield Curvep. 206
Inflation, Fear, and Uncertainty
GDP Deflatorp. 213
Gold Pricep. 218
Misery Indexp. 223
Producer Price Indexp. 227
Retail Investment Activityp. 231
Credit Spreads: The Risk Structure of Interest Ratesp. 235
Ted Spreadp. 241
Texas ˘Zombie Bank÷ Ratiop. 246
TIPS Spreadp. 250
CBOE Volatility Index (VIX)p. 255
VIXEN Indexp. 260
Conclusion: Putting It All Togetherp. 265
Appendix: Useful Economic Indicators Websitesp. 275
Selected Bibliographyp. 279
Acknowledgmentsp. 281
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