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Economic Indicators


Synonyms:financial indicator, market signs, predicating markets
Filed Under: financial-banking, investments
Tags: banking, investment
 

Definition of economic indicators

economic indicators
1. Statistics that help to determine the state of the economy. Such statistics can include the Consumer Price Index, housing starts, and unemployment rates.

Related Terms and Acronyms:

  • consumer price index (CPI)   An index that measures movements in the average price of products and services typically consumed by Canadian families.
  • index   A table of yields or interest rates being paid on debt (such as Treasury notes or bank deposits) that is used to determine interest-rate changes.
  • inflation   A rise in the average level of prices in the economy.
  • inflation protection   A protection found in some insurance policies that allows policy limits to increase with inflation.
  • macroeconomics   A study of the economy as a whole, particularly the interaction of its various components.
  • microeconomics   Looking at the individual parts of the economy, with emphasis given to the market process and how it works.
  • monetary policy   The Bank of Canada's ability to influence the economy through changes in short-term interest rates and the money supply.
  • recession   A prolonged period (popularly defined as two successive quarters) in which economic activity shrinks.
  • seasonal unemployment   The loss of jobs due to changes in the climate and other conditions. Forestry, fishing and construction are affected by climate, while retailing is affected by seasons and holidays. For instance, at Christmas, retail employment is higher than in January.
  • stagflation   A time period where the unemployment rate and the rate of inflation are both relatively high.

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