Trading Around Economic Reports & Levels 11.21.2019

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Trading Around Economic Reports
Trading is truly a fascinating pursuit. The markets can instil excitement, frustration, irritation, exhilaration - really a wide range of emotions - conceivably, even within a single trade. Trading is definitely one of those undertakings where one has to constantly study, evolve and grow.
There are also a number of different approaches to trading, including day trading, swing trading and position trading. There are strategies that focus on just trading straight futures contracts, others solely trade options, including selling/writing options, still others incorporate long and short positions simultaneously - spread trading - utilizing futures and/or options.
One narrowly defined approach to trading - probably most relevant for day traders - is trading around economic reports.
The release of economic reports occurs almost daily. Most come from the U.S. federal government and look at national or large regional data; some come from other private surveys. Some garner considerable attention by traders; others draw barely a thought, much less a glance at their impact on the markets. This article doesn't attempt to detail any particular number of them and their significance. Rather, it lists some pointers that can help traders prepare for reports releases.
  1. Know the times reports are set for release
  2. Know which markets reports may impact
  3. Know what the markets are expecting and how different outcomes will affect market movement
  4. Do your homework, i.e., go over charts from earlier dates when similar reports were released.
  5. Keep a journal. Focus on the reports that affect the markets you trade.
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