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
Australia kicks off the week with the release of the RBA's meeting minutes on Monday. Canada, UK and Japan then all reveal inflation data - giving traders better insight into possible future interest rates across the globe. Finally, the British pound could see price action heading into the weekend as the UK rounds out the week with their latest retail sales data.
RBA Minutes - Australia
Time: 9:30pm ET Monday, July 17th
The Reserve Bank of Australia will release their July meeting minutes after electing to keep interest rates at 4.1%. The RBA hinted that future rate hikes could be coming, and the meeting minutes may reveal how soon such hikes could be implemented.
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Core Inflation Rate - Canada
Time: 8:30am ET Tuesday, July 18th
Inflation is expected to continue dropping in Canada this month. Traders will likely look to USD/CAD which saw a decline after weaker-than-expected inflation data out of the US last week.
Core Inflation Rate - UK
Time: 2:00am ET Wednesday, July 19th
The United Kingdom expects their core inflation rate to drop 0.1% this month after rising to a decades-long high of 7.1% last month. A deviation from this forecast could cause movement in GBP/USD - trading slightly lower after reaching a yearlong high last week.
Core Inflation Rate - Japan
Time: 7:30pm ET Thursday, July 20th
No change in Japanese core inflation is forecasted this month. Traders will likely look for any movement up or down to gain insight in anticipation of Japan's interest rate decision next week.
Retail Sales - UK
Time: 2:00am ET Friday, July 21st
Another data point out of the UK, retail sales are expected to level out with only a 0.1% increase month-over-month. Combined with inflation data earlier in the week, traders will have a clearer picture of GBP strength heading into the weekend.
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