Any time that foreign exchange currencies are being traded, be it in a money transfer or as an investment, it is a good idea to make a rudimentary analysis of the economic status in the countries issuing each currency. This process can help choose the best time to make the transfer, regardless of whether the aim is to maximize return or simply make the most efficient transfer possible.

A good economic indicator is the consumer price index, or CPI. This is the most readily accessible measure of the purchase power of a particular currency, and describes the price of a specific bundle of goods and services. By reflecting inflation rates, this is a great way of determining whether the average purchasing power of a currency is rising or falling.

Employment data is another highly relevant statistic in analyzing a country’s economic working. A higher demand for a particular country’s exports is usually reflected by a higher rate of employment, and it can be speculated that a greater volume of export is accompanied by a favourable rate of exchange for the issuing country.

A third method to build a quick insight into the size of a country’s economy is its gross domestic product, or GDP. This represents the value of a country’s goods and services over the span of a year, and a higher value is usually another good indicator of a greater demand for those goods and services. Once again, this results in a greater interest in the country’s currency from international investors.

Making a quick review of these factors before using a currency exchange service has the potential to give you insight into the best time to make a currency exchange. Waiting may, in some cases, be the best option for conserving as much value as possible.