The Secrets of Economic Indicators: Hidden Clues to Future Economic Trends and Investment Opportunities

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9780131455016: The Secrets of Economic Indicators: Hidden Clues to Future Economic Trends and Investment Opportunities

Every day, stocks, bonds, and currencies bounce wildly in response to new economic indicators. Money managers obsess over those statistics, because they provide crucial clues about the future of the economy and the financial markets.

Now you can use these indicators to make smarter investment decisions, just like the professionals do.You don't need an economics degree, or a CPA... just this easy-to-use book.

Former TIME Magazine senior economics reporter Bernard Baumohl has done the impossible: he's made economic indicators fascinating.

Using real-world examples and stories,Baumohl illuminates every U.S. and foreign indicator that matters.Where to find them.What they look like. What the insiders know about their track records. And exactly how to interpret them.

Whether you're an investor,broker, portfolio manager, researcher, journalist,or student, you'll find this book indispensable.Nobody can predict the future with certainty. But The Secrets of Economic Indicators will get you as close as humanly possible.

What the numbers really mean...

...to stocks, bonds, rates, currencies, and you

Ahead of the curve: spotting turning points

Calling recessions and recoveries in time to profit from them

Leading indicators: where's the economy really heading

Decoding initial unemployment claims, housing starts, the yield curve, and other predictors

Beyond the borders

Why foreign indicators are increasingly important—and how to use them

Making sense of indicators in conflict

What to do when the numbers disagree

Finding the data

Free web resources for the latest economic data

Investments

"This is the most up-to-date guide to economic indicators and their importance to financial markets in print. For anyone trying to follow the economic data, this should be next to your computer so that you can understand and find the data on the Internet."

David Wyss, Chief Economist, Standard and Poor's

"I find Baumohl's writing fascinating. Just about anyone who's serious about understanding which way the economy is headed will want to read this book. It could be a classic."

Harry Domash, Columnist for MSN Money and Publisher, Winning Investing Newsletter

"Every business person or investor should keep a copy of Baumohl's book close-at-hand. It is great, at long last, to have someone who has eliminated what may have been so perplexing to so many and to have done so with such remarkable clarity."

Hugh Johnson, Chief Investment Officer, First Albany

"Bernie Baumohl has written a "must read" educational and reference book that every individual investor will find indispensable for watching, monitoring, and interpreting the markets."

Allen Sinai, President and Chief Global Economist, Decision Economics, Inc.

"Baumohl has a gift for taking a complicated subject and allowing it to read like a fast-moving novel. I recommend this book if you care about your future finances."

Morris E. Lasky, CEO, Lodging Unlimited, Inc.—manager and consultant for $6 billion in hotel assets; Chairman, Lodging Conference; Chairman, International Hotel Conference

"I think this is an excellent book. It's well written, accessible to a variety of readers, deals with an interesting and important subject, and covers the topic well. It deserves to get a lot of notice and use."

D. Quinn Mills, Alfred J. Weatherhead Jr.,

Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

The fascinating, plain-English guide to economic indicators: what they mean, and how to use them.

Unemployment. Inflation. Consumer confidence. Retail sales... Every morning brings new economic statistics.

  • Which economic indicators really matter?
  • What do they mean for stocks, bonds, interest rates, currencies...your portfolio?
  • How can you use them to make faster, smarter investment decisions?
  • Simple, clear, non-technical, friendly, usable...the only book of its kind!
  • By former renowned TIME Magazine economics journalist Bernard Baumohl.

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 From The Wall Street Journal, November 22, 2005: 

 

"Whether you're tracking pop culture, high fashion or health care, all things are connected, and economics is the tie that binds them all. For those who need to know more about economic trends and for those who haven't the skills or background in the field, Mr. Baumohl's book is the real deal. He miraculously breathes life into economic indicators and statistics."                     

 

 

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"Baumohl, a former economics reporter for Time magazine, has written a tremendously useful source on economic indicators.  Baumohl considers a variety of factors when describing each indicator, such as what exactly it measures, how it is computed, where to find the relevant report on the web, the day and time this report is released, the source of the information, and how often the information is revised. He also discusses the market impact of these indicators on bonds, stocks, and currency.  Bottom Line: Although this book is marketed as a tool for investors and is not organized like a typical reference book, it belongs in the reference collection because it explains so clearly what the various economic indicators are and how to locate data about them. Recommended for all libraries. " —Stacey Marien, American Univ. Lib., Washington, DC

                                                        

About the Author:

Bernard Baumohl has been Time Magazine's senior economics reporter for nearly two decades. He is an award-winning journalist who has covered the domestic and international economy from TIMEis New York and Washington bureaus. As an economist for European American Bank, he monitored global political and economic risks and forecasted interest rates, inflation, and currency changes. He has also served as an analyst at the Council on Foreign Relations. A frequent guest on TV and radio, he has lectured on economics and journalism at NYU and Duke. He earned the prestigious John Hancock Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism, and holds a Masters in International Economics from Columbia University.

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