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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Economics, 2nd Edition by Tom Gorman

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Go Directly to the Sources

Economic news is useful, but it can be better to consult the original sources of the data. Reports mainly just repackage facts from press releases from the sources, so why not go to the original?
The most reliable sources of financial market indicators and data are the entities that compile and report the data, usually as media news releases. These entities’ websites will generally be the most reliable and current sources of that data.
At many sites, getting the precise data you want can take some digging. Recent press releases are usually readily available, but obtaining the exact historical data you need in order to identify a trend can be a challenge. Comparing different indicators from separate sources usually ...

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