Asian indicators

Asia and the entire Asia Pacific Rim have become an important region to watch economically. The region covers, not only the world’s second largest economy (China), but also a number of economically developing countries.

Asia and the Pacific Rim have become zones of interest to investors in the Forex, Equity and Commodities markets. Here is a list of indicators of note in the region for potential CFD online trading.

 

China

NAME DESCRIPTION FREQUENCY
GDP This number reflects the total output of goods and services in China. Quarterly and annual
Industrial Production Reflects the output of a country’s factories and indicates whether production is increasing or contracting.
Retail Sales Indicates whether or not consumers are buying big ticket products like cars or refrigerators. Monthly
Business Confidence The level of optimism amongst businesses regarding the economy. Monthly
Balance of Trade Establishes whether China has a trade deficit or surplus. Quarterly

 

Japan

NAME DESCRIPTION FREQUENCY
Consumer Confidence The level of optimism amongst Japanese consumers regarding the health of the economy. Monthly
GDP This number reflects the total output of goods and services in Japan. Monthly and Quarterly
Inflation Establishes the level of Japan’s Inflation rate monthly, quarterly and yearly. Quarterly

 

Australia

NAME DESCRIPTION FREQUENCY
Business Confidence The level of optimism amongst businesses regarding the economy. Monthly
GDP This number reflects the total output of goods and services in Australia. Around the 10th of the month
Imports Indicates the value of foreign-manufactured products purchased by Australian residents, businesses and the government. Monthly
Rate Decision The interest rate at which banks borrow money from a country’s central bank, as determined by the Reserve bank of Australia as part of its monetary policy. First Tuesday of every month
Unemployment The level of unemployment in Australia’s workforce Around the 12th of the month