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The Trader's Economic Event Handbook: Key Dates for 2024

Navigating the financial markets requires staying informed about critical economic events that can influence market movements. This comprehensive guide provides key dates for essential economic indicators and events in 2024, helping traders plan and strategize effectively. From VIX expiration dates and FOMC rate decisions to CPI, PCE, and GDP releases, as well as the high-impact Quadruple Witching dates, this handbook ensures you're well-prepared for the year ahead.

VIX Expirations: During VIX expirations, the market tends to push up, but not always. Each of these dates marks the third Wednesday of the month, aligning with the typical VIX expiration schedule. By keeping track of these dates, traders can better strategize their positions and manage risks associated with market fluctuations.


VIX expiration dates for the year 2024:

  • January 17, 2024

  • February 14, 2024

  • March 20, 2024

  • April 17, 2024

  • May 22, 2024

  • June 19, 2024

  • July 17, 2024

  • August 21, 2024

  • September 18, 2024

  • October 16, 2024

  • November 20, 2024

  • December 18, 2024

FOMC Rate Decision:

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) rate decision is a pivotal event in the financial markets, as it determines the direction of U.S. monetary policy. Comprising key Federal Reserve officials, the FOMC meets several times a year to assess economic conditions and decide whether to raise, lower, or maintain the federal funds rate. This rate influences borrowing costs for consumers and businesses, affecting everything from mortgages to credit card interest rates. For traders, the FOMC rate decision is crucial because it impacts market liquidity, investor sentiment, and the overall economic outlook. A rate hike might signal a strong economy but can also increase borrowing costs, while a rate cut usually aims to stimulate economic activity but may reflect economic weakness. Understanding these decisions helps traders anticipate market movements and adjust their strategies accordingly.

FOMC meeting dates for the rest of 2024 on interest rates:


  • July 31, 2024

  • September 18, 2024

  • November 7, 2024

  • December 18, 2024


CPI Release Dates for the Rest of 2024

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) release is a vital economic indicator that measures inflation by tracking changes in the prices of a basket of goods and services. For traders, CPI data is crucial as it influences monetary policy decisions, interest rates, and market expectations. Higher than expected CPI readings can signal rising inflation, leading to potential rate hikes by the Federal Reserve, which can affect stock and bond markets. Conversely, lower CPI readings might suggest easing inflation pressures, potentially leading to more accommodative monetary policies. Monitoring CPI release dates allows traders to prepare for possible market volatility and adjust their strategies accordingly.


CPI Release Dates for the Rest of 2024:

  • July 11, 2024 (for June 2024 data)

  • August 14, 2024 (for July 2024 data)

  • September 11, 2024 (for August 2024 data)

  • October 10, 2024 (for September 2024 data)

  • November 13, 2024 (for October 2024 data)

  • December 11, 2024 (for November 2024 data)


PCE Release Dates for 2024

Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) is a critical economic indicator that measures the changes in the price of goods and services consumed by households. For traders, PCE data is important because it provides insights into consumer spending patterns and inflation trends. The Federal Reserve closely monitors PCE as it reflects the broader economic conditions and influences monetary policy decisions. Understanding PCE trends helps traders anticipate potential shifts in interest rates and market sentiment, allowing them to make more informed investment decisions.


PCE Release Dates for 2024:

  • June 28, 2024 (for May 2024 data)

  • July 31, 2024 (for June 2024 data)

  • August 30, 2024 (for July 2024 data)

  • September 27, 2024 (for August 2024 data)

  • October 31, 2024 (for September 2024 data)

  • November 29, 2024 (for October 2024 data)

  • December 30, 2024 (for November 2024 data)


PPI Release Dates for 2024

The Producer Price Index (PPI) measures the average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers for their output. For traders, PPI data is crucial as it provides insights into inflation at the wholesale level, which can eventually impact consumer prices. Higher-than-expected PPI readings can signal rising inflation, prompting potential monetary policy tightening by the Federal Reserve, which can influence interest rates and market conditions. Monitoring PPI data helps traders anticipate shifts in market trends and make informed decisions based on the inflationary pressures in the economy.


PPI Release Dates for 2024:

  • July 12, 2024 (for June 2024 data)

  • August 11, 2024 (for July 2024 data)

  • September 12, 2024 (for August 2024 data)

  • October 11, 2024 (for September 2024 data)

  • November 14, 2024 (for October 2024 data)

  • December 12, 2024 (for November 2024 data)


GDP Release Dates for 2024

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a key economic indicator that measures the total value of goods and services produced over a specific time period within a country. For traders, GDP data is essential as it provides a comprehensive overview of economic health and growth. Changes in GDP can influence central bank policies, investor sentiment, and market trends. Higher-than-expected GDP growth can lead to positive market reactions, while lower-than-expected growth can signal economic challenges and affect investment strategies. Monitoring GDP release dates helps traders stay informed about the broader economic environment and adjust their positions accordingly.


GDP Release Dates for 2024:

  • June 27, 2024: Gross Domestic Product, 1st Quarter 2024 (Third Estimate), GDP by Industry, and Corporate Profits (Revised)

  • July 25, 2024: Gross Domestic Product, 2nd Quarter 2024 (Advance Estimate)

  • August 29, 2024: Gross Domestic Product, 2nd Quarter 2024 (Second Estimate) and Corporate Profits (Preliminary)

  • September 26, 2024: Gross Domestic Product, 2nd Quarter 2024 (Third Estimate), GDP by Industry, and Corporate Profits (Revised)

  • October 30, 2024: Gross Domestic Product, 3rd Quarter 2024 (Advance Estimate)

  • November 27, 2024: Gross Domestic Product, 3rd Quarter 2024 (Second Estimate) and Corporate Profits (Preliminary)

  • December 19, 2024: Gross Domestic Product, 3rd Quarter 2024 (Third Estimate), GDP by Industry, and Corporate Profits (Revised)


Quadruple Witching Dates for 2024

Quadruple Witching refers to the simultaneous expiration of stock index futures, stock index options, stock options, and single stock futures. Occurring four times a year, these events can lead to increased volatility and trading volume as traders adjust or close out their positions. For traders, Quadruple Witching is significant because it often leads to unusual market activity, providing opportunities for strategic trades. Understanding the timing of these events helps traders anticipate potential market movements and manage their portfolios effectively.


Quadruple Witching Dates for 2024:

  • March 15, 2024

  • June 21, 2024

  • September 20, 2024

  • December 20, 2024



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