2006 U.S. Economic Calendar
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Gross Domestic Product
Released on 1/27/06 For Q4 Advance 2005
Real GDP, Q/Q change, SAAR
Consensus 2.8 %
Actual 1.1 %
   
GDP price index, Q/Q change, SAAR
Consensus 2.7 %
Actual 3.0 %
2006 Release Schedule
Released On: 1/27 2/28 3/30 4/28 5/25 6/29 7/28 8/30 9/28 10/27 11/29 12/21
Released For: Q4a Q4p Q4f Q1a Q1p Q1f Q2a Q2p Q2f Q3a Q3p Q3f
Definition
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the broadest measure of aggregate economic activity and encompasses every sector of the economy.
Why Do Investors Care?
GDP is the all-inclusive measure of economic activity. Investors need to closely track the economy because it usually dictates how investments will perform. Investors in the stock market like to see healthy economic growth because robust business activity translates to higher corporate profits. Bond investors are more highly sensitive to inflation and robust economic activity could potentially pave the road to inflation. By tracking economic data such as GDP, investors will know what the economic backdrop is for these markets and their portfolios.

The GDP report contains a treasure-trove of information which not only paints an image of the overall economy, but tells investors about important trends within the big picture. GDP components such as consumer spending, business and residential investment, and price (inflation) indexes illuminate the economy's undercurrents, which can translate to investment opportunities and guidance in managing a portfolio.