Part 2 of 4: White Top View, Market Direction series. Investors use data to look forward, typically about 6 months. While not strictly a prediction, it expresses near term expectations of economic direction. That so called predictive function can strongly suggest the most probable future. That can tip us off to both opportunity or danger in the markets. We can use it as either or both a big money-maker or capital saver! The desire to know the future direction motivates much research. Seeking, compiling, identifying and reporting indicators keeps many people busy.
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