Economic Calendar Tool

How to Read the Forex Economic Calendar

Once you’ve visited the website page, Economic Calendar, below you’ll easily understand how to read the Forex Economic Calendar.

Economic Calendar Tabs

#1 Date

All economic events are shown in chronological order with the date and the time the announcement was released or will be released.

#2 Time Left

This will show you either the time left, minutes or days, before the next announcement is released or you’ll see “Done” which tells you that the event has already happened.

#3 Event

The flag icon indicates the country of the news or data release and next to it, its event’s name.

#4 Impact

An important indication on how likely there’ll be an impact on the currency and equity markets.

Each market event will be marked with either ONE of the four impacts:

No impact (No significant event to move the market)

Low impact (Low probability to influence the market)

Medium impact (Medium probability of moving the market)

High impact (Highly likely event to move the market)

#5 Previous/Consensus/Actual

With each economic indicator event released, you’ll find the Previous, Consensus and Actual numbers on the top right of the Forex Economic Calendar.


The previous data results e.g. Last month or last quarter


The expected number that is the general agreement of the experts.


The economic event’s data released which shows you whether the data is BETTER (Green Highlight) or WORSE (Red Highlight) than expected.

How to Customize your Forex Economic Calendar

Choose your time zone:

Economic Calendar Time Zone

First, click on the drop-down list where the calendar sets its default time zone to (GMT +0:00) Western Europe Time. Change the time zone on the top right of the Calendar to (GMT +2:00) South Africa.

Filter by the impact of events:

Economic Calendar Impact

Click on the drop-down list on the top right of the calendar to filter according to the impact of the events and the symbols you wish to see. Then click save to update the information.

Extra Notes with the Forex Economic Calendar

There are a couple of important events you’ll need to watch out for on a monthly basis.

Some of the most influential events, in no specific order, are the following:

  • Interest rate decisions
  • Non-farm Payroll
  • Changes in Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
  • Consumer Price Index (CPI)
  • Purchasing Managers Index (PMI)
  • Unemployment rate
  • Initial Jobless Claims

Economic indicators are the not only important events to watch out for. Also take note about the following news events:

Event #1: ECB (European Central Bank)

Event #2: US Fed

Event #3: Bank of England

Event #4: Bank of Japan

Event #5: Swiss National Bank

Event #6: Bank of Australia

If you take all that has been mentioned in this article into consideration, you can look forward to much success using the Forex Economic Calendar in your trading arsenal.

“Wisdom yields Wealth”

Timon Rossolimos
Analyst, BlackStone Futures

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