The Economic Edge for Smarter Trading

Listening to the Heartbeat of the Economy

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Lightspeed customers can learn about the heartbeat of the economy with Tawni Hunt Ferrarini.

Before the Internet, institutional investors had an advantage over the general public with access to economic data. That advantage has diminished over the years as economic data has become more widely available.

This webinar will help to further even the playing field for professional and retail investors by alerting them to reliable sources, the meaning, and release times for key economic statistics. These data announcements often influence stock and bond markets, especially when the data differs from expectations.

We will cover:

    •  The interconnected relationships between businesses and households.
    • How changes in gross domestic product (GDP) are associated with changes in business and household behaviors.
    • What is included in GDP and what is not.
    • The difference between potential and actual GDP.
    • When events such as a pandemic can cause deviations in GDP.
    • Theories as to where the U.S. economy is on its business cycle based upon research from the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Federal Reserve and U.S. Census.
    • Trends in the DJIA and other stock markets.
    • And much more.

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Tawni Hunt Ferrarini is the Robert W. Plaster Professor of Economic Education at Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri. She was the 2015 president of the National Association of Economic Educators and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2009 National Association of Economic Educators’ Technology Award.

She publishes in a variety of journals and has written curriculum materials for the Council on Economic Education and Fraser Institute. She was instrumental in helping to formally establish the Council on Economic Education – Japan and has been a consultant for the Korea Development Institute in Seoul. Along with the other authors of this book, Professor Ferrarini is co-author of Economic Episodes in American Economic History (2019).

Additionally, she helped write Common Sense Economics (2016) which has been translated into more than six other languages. She earned her doctorate in economics from Washington University, where she studied economic history under 1993 Nobel Laureate Douglass C. North.

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