The Trader’s Guide to Key Economic Indicators

The Trader's Guide to Key Economic Indicators

by Richard Yamarone

This book contains lots of factual information and useful overviews as to what the key economic indicators are, how they are constructed, what their purpose is, and how they work. With that said, it felt more like a pocketbook of facts and figures, similar to the ones published by The Economist, than an actual “guide” for traders.

In the introduction, the book is offered as a useful source for anyone new to these indicators, but Yamarone never really mentions one of the most important aspects of trading: how to prioritize information flow.

The drawback of fundamental trading is the susceptibility to “analysis paralysis,” i.e. the danger of information overload causing you to freeze like a deer in the headlights. On the other side of the coin, traders who try to digest a mountain of information without prioritizing it are more likely to make their decisions based on a handful of dominating factors, or even hunches, and then simply use the additional supportive data they find to justify those decisions. Studies of decision-making habits conducted on CIA intelligence analysts show that, when there is a surplus of information, it’s a natural tendency to use only a small portion of the information available, while incorrectly assuming that all of it is being utilized.

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