Economic Calendar

Time
Currency
Country
Impact
Events
Period
Actual
Forecast
Previous
00:45
CHF
Switzerland
Unemployment Rate
March
 
2.8%
2.5%
00:45
CHF
Switzerland
Unemployment Rate SA
March
 
2.8%
2.3%
06:00
USD
United States
MBA Mortgage Applications
Week ending 01.04.2020
 
-
15.3%
07:30
CAD
Canada
Housing Starts
March
 
180.0
210.1
07:30
CAD
Canada
Building Permits m/m
February
 
-4.5%
4.0%
09:30
USD
United States
Crude Oil Inventories
Week ending 01.04.2020
 
-
469.2 M Barrels
13:00
USD
United States
FOMC Meeting Minutes
08.04.2020
 
-
-
00:45
Unemployment Rate
SwitzerlandCHF
Period
March
Actual
 
Forecast
2.8%
Previous
2.5%
The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) has conducted the Swiss Labour Force Survey (SLFS) on an annual basis. The purpose of this survey is to obtain data about working life and the labour market in general. The SLFS is based on a representative sample of 48 000 people in order to avoid the overly costly alternative of conducting a complete survey of the entire Swiss population. The term “economically active persons” refers to employed and unemployed persons. This concept is also expressed in economic terms as “labour supply”. Unemployed persons (ILO-based) The term “unemployed persons” refers to people aged 15-74 who: were not gainfully employed during the reference week, were actively looking for work during the previous four weeks, and were available for work. The definition used by Switzerland's State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco) differs from the ILO-based one indicated above. SECO's definition is based on the number of unemployed persons registered with regional job placement offices. For this reason, the number of unemployed persons reported by the SLFS and SECO do not match. Unemployment rate = Unemployed persons / Economically active persons.
00:45
Unemployment Rate SA
SwitzerlandCHF
Period
March
Actual
 
Forecast
2.8%
Previous
2.3%
For short term indicators, the cycles that are relevant for the economic trends and which by definition have periodicities longer than one year, are generally affected by considerable short-term fluctuations (trend, economic fluctuations, seasonal fluctuations, calendar fluctuations, residual or irregular fluctuations). As a consequence, analysing the current business-cycle phase is quite difficult. To improve the accuracy of the economic trend analyses, it is common to apply mathematical filtering techniques to remove such fluctuations from the time series.
06:00
MBA Mortgage Applications
United StatesUSD
Period
Week ending 01.04.2020
Actual
 
Forecast
-
Previous
15.3%
The Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey contains 15 indices covering application activity for fixed rate, adjustable rate, conventional and government loans for home purchases and refinances. A new report is posted every Wednesday with the previous week's market activity. The weekly data dates back from 1990 through the most current week. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is the national association representing the real estate finance industry.
07:30
Housing Starts
CanadaCAD
Period
March
Actual
 
Forecast
180.0
Previous
210.1
The start of construction is defined in terms of the construction work as a whole and not particular housing units within it. A housing unit is a dwelling place forming a single unit with a separate entrance. Housing starts data are collected in a monthly full-scope survey of urban centres of more than 10 000 inhabitants which were enumerated in the Census of 1996. For urban centres of less than 10 000 inhabitants, the number of housing starts are derived from a statistical model. Data refer to number of new houses and multiple dwellings, intended for permanent residence.
07:30
Building Permits m/m
CanadaCAD
Period
February
Actual
 
Forecast
-4.5%
Previous
4.0%
The Building Permits Survey covers all Canadian municipalities that issue permits. The number of Canadian municipalities currently surveyed approximately 2 400, representing all the provinces and territories. They account for 95% of the Canadian population. The monthly statistics are not corrected for cancelled or expired permits. According to the municipal officers, the proportion of cancelled and unused permits is below 5%.
09:30
Crude Oil Inventories
United StatesUSD
Period
Week ending 01.04.2020
Actual
 
Forecast
-
Previous
469.2 M Barrels
The Weekly Petroleum Status Report (WPSR) provides timely information on supply and prices of crude oil and principal petroleum products in the context of historical data and forecasts. Crude oil stocks include those domestic and Customs-cleared foreign crude oil stocks held at refineries, in pipelines, in lease tanks, and in transit to refineries. Does not include those held in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The supply data are based primarily on company submissions for the week ending 12:00 GMT the preceding Friday. Data are released electronically after 15:30 GMT each Wednesday. 1 barrel (US) = 42 gallons (US) = 159 litres.
13:00
FOMC Meeting Minutes
United StatesUSD
Period
08.04.2020
Actual
 
Forecast
-
Previous
-
The FOMC holds eight regularly scheduled meetings during the year and other meetings as needed. The minutes of regularly scheduled meetings are released three weeks after the date of the policy decision.

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