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The WSJ Guide to the 50 Economic Indicators That Really Matter: From Big Macs to "Zombie Banks," the Indicators Smart Investors Watch to Beat the Market (The Wall Street Journal) [Kindle Edition]

Simon Constable , Robert E. Wright
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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With more than 70,000 copies sold worldwide in multiple languages, The Wall Street Journal Guide to the 50 Economic Indicators that Really Matter is a must-have guide for investors. WSJ columnist Simon Constable and respected financial historian Robert E. Wright offer valuable tips and insight to help investors forecast and exploit sea changes in the global macroeconomic climate. Unlike other investment handbooks, Constable and Wright's guide explores the not widely known economic indicators that the smartest investors watch closely in order to beat the stock market--from "Big Macs" to "Zombie Banks." Not only valuable and informative, The Wall Street Journal Guide to the 50 Economic Indicators that Really Matter is also wonderfully irreverent and endlessly entertaining, making it the most fun to read investors' guide on the market.

Editorial Reviews


"A short, sweet, savvy introduction to economics, indicators, and investing." -- Nouriel Roubini, Chairman and Co-Founder, Roubini Global Economics. --From the front cover

"I can't believe Simon and Robert have revealed the secret tricks that I've been using for years to make money on the markets. All of the hedge funds will go out of business!" -- James Altucher --From the back cover

"Someone should have written this years ago," Brett Arends, WSJ --Customer review

"[The authors] have accomplished a rare feat--they've written a book on economics that's readable, and actually enjoyable," Chris Nichols, of Yahoo! Finance writing for WG Williamsburg Greenpoint News + Arts.

From the Back Cover

An entertaining, must-have guide to the indicators most investors aren't following—but should be!

To make the best possible investment decisions, savvy investors know that they should pay close attention to economic indicators. But while most are looking at conventional barometers like unemployment rates and housing starts, the smartest investors are following the often ignored, sometimes curious, but always interesting indicators that offer a true sense of where the economy is and where it's going. They provide the vital information needed to beat the market.

In The Wall Street Journal Guide to the 50 Economic Indicators That Really Matter, Simon Constable and Robert E. Wright offer investors powerful new tools to guide them through the markets. Whether it's the VIX index (which tracks the level of anxiety among investors) or the Vixen index (which tracks the number of attractive waitresses in your hometown), this essential guide includes in-depth analyses of 50 valuable economic indicators, as well as what to watch for, what to do when movement happens, and the risk level involved in taking action. This must-have guide entertains and enlightens while offering essential advice on navigating the global economic climate.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3334 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness (May 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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You know you are dealing with a book that's overstating its value just a tad when you see this in the introduction: "... we'll show you how the indicators we've chosen can help you see the turns in the economy before they happen. With that prescience you can make changes to your investments ahead of time and avoid the suffering you probably felt during the past couple of years." Now anyone who could actually predict the "turns in the economy" using these indicators -- or any others -- would be reclining on his yacht moored off the south of France, and would be unlikely to divulge his secrets in a mass market paperback. That said, this book is an entertaining read and can serve as a useful reference to anyone who follows the markets or the broader economy.

Simon Constable writes for the Wall Street Journal and hosts their afternoon "NewsHub" recap of the markets. Anyone who follows the NewHub will be familiar with his witty -- actually, kind of snarky -- commentary. He's sort of the Simon Cowell of the Wall Street crowd. His distinctive voice is evident in this book. His co-author, Robert Wright, has written extensively on business history and used to be associated with the Stern School at NYU and the Museum of Financial History in Manhattan's financial district, although he apparently now teaches at a college in South Dakota.

The book consists of 50 short chapters devoted to the indicators. Each chapter has a brief description of the indicator -- usually accompanied by a quote from an investment analysts on the indicator's importance -- a time series graph of the indicator, and a discussion of possible investment opportunities that might occur when the indicator is unusually high or low.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had this book 4 years ago May 16, 2011
I came to finance more than 4 years ago and had to teach myself the basic from the ground up. After reading this book, I wish I would have had it back then because my life would have been 10 times easier. You get the economics and finance basics explained in a concise easy-to-understand way. And as an added bonus you get the invest-able angle and where to go for more information. I now keep this book with me at all times as a quick reference guide when need be. Anyone who wants to understand finance must buy this book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flip little book is smart, antic and useful May 15, 2011
Who'd'a thunk the Wall Street Journal could issue a book that truly simplifies an explanation of how the economy works and the underpinnings of investments? This odd little volume covers a lot of ground in an unconventional format: fifty essential points, each reduced to a digestible bite size; plus breakdowns of how the economy ("the real economy," as our Washington cynics now call it) helps or hurts your investments, all this in four pages at a time.

The tone is relaxed to casual, but a good deal of highly-educated thought must have gone into planning the text because it's canny, careful and accurate. "It takes the wonk out of what's long been arcane material," said my waggish pal.

It's actually a good way to get a handle on how the economy works and how it helps or hurts your investments.

Did I mention that it's funny? The comedy swoops from sophisticated to almost-risqué. If this is a new face of the fuddy-duddy Journal, the accession of the dreaded Rupert seems to be sprouting a happy new shoot.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great in assisting with research September 14, 2011
I am using the book in compiling a data series to try and predict movements on the US markets. Using the indicators provided in the WSJ guide has made my life much easier. The fact that the sources of the research is provided at the back of each chapter helps a lot in getting the data series for research purposes. Wish more writers of economic research would follow this layout. I have to add that Simon has been a great help too. Where I couldn't figure out where to get the data, he provided me with guidance. In the end this forms a means of getting a broad indication from different sectors of the economy where it is heading. Thanks Simon and Robert I think you have written an awesome book that is written in English that can be understood by anyone - that said by a person for whom English is a second language!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Requied reading to understand world markets June 17, 2011
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The WSJ book publishing division has done it again with a simple to read, easy to understand book that anyone interested in world economics should read. It doesn't matter if you are an active investor or just want to better understand the underlying forces that shape markets, this book is a must.
Highly recommended reading for everyone, but especially anyone wishing a basic education in world markets and what makes them move.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for the investor! May 16, 2011
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Looking to beat the market, or just stay ahead of the tide? Read this book and you'll be well-educated on the best indicators that help guide someone like me - an individual investor - to good investing. I gleemed a lot from this book and I am hoping to put it to practice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise & helpful investor reading w/tools August 27, 2011
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This is a fast read that is concise and to the point. Each chapter/indicator is summarized at the end of the short read with "free" websites or where to monitor the indicator live into the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars economic book February 8, 2012
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This book has a lot of info in it and makes for a lot to remember. But I use it as reference book, not to commit to memory.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Janice S#62 Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars great insight
good insight for beginners, great start to build a foundation in analyzing the current state of the market. Definitely worth reading!
Published 3 months ago by User
5.0 out of 5 stars useful and easy
Absolutely a five star book! Interesting, accurate, useful and easy!
Published 4 months ago by xi zhang
5.0 out of 5 stars Want an easily read, clearly written
Want an easily read, clearly written, little book (5' X 8" -- 281 pgs) to give you the brief lowdown on 50 economic indicators? If so this is the book for you. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ronald E. Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars a good summation of a rerriblty difficult subject
Ther are people who know mort than I do.The dangerous people are those who think they know more than I do.This book is a good correctice for the latter!
Published 8 months ago by rh
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
The book is clearly written by guys who know their stuff, and use it to make money. They know how to convey the essence of each indicator, and teach you the economics behind it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good guide
the guide to 50 economic indicators is a very good list of indicators that are easy to see on current evens sites or tv.
Published 10 months ago by Paul Bruce Coursey
2.0 out of 5 stars I was hoping for better
I was hoping for a more technical exposition of the top 50 economic indicators--to learn more about what they were and why there were the top indicators. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brian D Haney
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for policy wonks
For investors or those who focus on economic policy this is a guide to the most important
mile markers on the economic highway.
Published 12 months ago by Wayne S.
3.0 out of 5 stars my review
Generally speaking I like the book .It is very easy to read. The information it contains is helpful. I would recommend it to others.
Published 13 months ago by Sandra L. Sailsman
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