Need to Know
The current trading week will see three speeches from Central Bank Presidents and the New Zealand interest rate decision. Apart from these events, the rest of the week promises to be quiet in terms of fundamentals and news. Naturally, unexpected events may occur, and it's still important to be vigilant during the trading day.
The Australian Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes Announced on Tuesday, 20 June
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will openly share their records of the most recent board meeting. One day before the release of the meeting minutes, RBA Governor Lower is expected to participate in a panel discussion at the Crawford Australian Leadership Forum in Canberra, Australia.
Why should you care? The meeting minutes provide an in-depth analysis into the economic and monetary status and trends in Australia. Also, it is a reference to how the board members view the current conditions that impacted their decision on interest rates.
BOE and SNB Presidents Speak on Tuesday, 20 June
Bank of England (BOE) Governor Carney is expected to speak at the Mansion House Dinner in London, UK, whereas Swiss National Bank (SNB) Chairman Jordan will participate in a panel discussion at the Swiss International Finance Form in Bern, Switzerland.
Why should you care? Both the BOE Governor and the SNB Chairman have a major influence on the direction of the monetary policies of the respective currencies – the Great British Pound and the Swiss Franc.
New Zealand Interest Rate and Statement on Wednesday, 21 June
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) will announce its interest rate decision for New Zealand. The RBNZ will also offer an official statement to communicate the economic outlook, conditions, and trends behind the rate decision to investors and the general public.
Why should you care? The current interest rate stands at 1.75%, with the forecast remaining at the same figure, 1.75% (*).
Source: New Zealand Interest Rate Decision
Canadian Core Retail Sales Announced on Thursday, 22 June
The core retail sales figure indicates the total value of sales at the retail level excluding cars because the automobile industry tends to be volatile. Comparing the recent figures with each other, traders and investors are able to see whether the numbers have changed or not.
Why should you care? With the previous figure at 0.7%, the new forecast comes at 0.3% (*).
German Markit Manufacturing PMI Flash on Friday, 23 June
The index is based on surveys for the purchasing managers in the manufacturing industry. The survey is conducted with ca. 500 managers rating the relative level of new business orders, prices, production, and other conditions.
Why should you care? A rate above 50.0 indicates industry expansion, whereas a level below it indicates economic contraction. The previous figure lies at 59.5, and the new forecast is 59.0 (*).
Canadian Inflation Rate Announced on Friday, 23 June
The inflation rate is always a major factor in the Forex market as it indicates the potential of interest rates to rise or fall.
Why should you care? The previous figure is 1.5%, whereas the new forecast comes at 1.6% (*).