At the start of every trading week, we comb the upcoming economic calendar for the highest-impact items in the world. Find out what’s coming up next.
Economic calendar summary
Interest rate decisions across the globe headline this week's economic data releases. Traders could see price action throughout trading sessions as the US, Euro Area, and Japan decide on short term interest rates. Both the US and the ECB are expected to raise rates 25 basis points, while the Bank of Japan will most likely stay at -0.1%.
Australia leads off the week with quarterly inflation data, and the US wraps up with core PCE index data on Friday.
Check out the entire economic calendar
Inflation Rate - Australia
Time: 9:30pm ET Tuesday, July 25th
Australia's quarterly inflation data expects to lower from 7% in the first quarter of the year. The Reserve Bank of Australia will look to this reading for guidance ahead of their interest rate decision next week.
Interest Rate Decision - US
Time: 2:00pm ET Wednesday, July 26th
The Fed is forecasted to hike rates an additional 25 bps on Wednesday following a hold last meeting. This comes after inflation data was lower than expected, but still far from the Fed's 2% goal.
Interest Rate Decision - ECB
Time: 8:15am ET Thursday, July 27th
The European Central Bank is also expected to raise interest rates by 25 basis points. Traders will likely look to EUR/USD following both interest rate decisions for possible price action.
Interest Rate Decision - Japan
Time: 11:00pm ET Thursday, July 27th
Japan remains the only major economy to hold short term interest rates steady and negative, with no raises expected. This hold would increase the spread in interest rates against USD and EUR - if the week plays out as forecasted.
Core PCE Price Index - US
Time: 8:30am ET Friday, July 28th
Continued easing in core personal consumption expenditure prices is expected this month. Traders will have a clearer picture of US dollar strength heading into the weekend with this reading combined with the rate decision earlier in the week.
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