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  1. Playing Rising Rates with Ultra-Short Term Bonds

    With rising rates likely, investors may want to consider adding a dose of ultra-short bonds to their portfolios. Here are ...
  2. How Creative Destruction Happens in Real Life

    In his seminal work, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy (1942), Joseph Schumpeter proclaimed “the essential fact about capitalism” ...
  3. Is Texas The Future Of America?

    The top three fastest-growing cities are located in Texas and 20% of jobs created between 2009 and 2014 were in the Lone ...
  4. Rising Interest Rates: Who it Helps, Who it Hurts

    When interest rates rise, the impact hits some of us differently. Here's why.
  5. 3 Stocks To Buy and Hold For the Rest of 2015

    One of the dominant themes to consider for 2015 is the normalization of monetary policy as the Fed raises interest rates.
  6. Greece Isn’t The Only Problem U.S. Stocks Face

    Both stocks and bonds fell last week, due to several factors dampening investor sentiment. The most obvious one is the evolving ...
  7. Fed Raising Rates Affects Startup Funding

    With interest rates having nowhere else to go but up, the Fed’s impending interest rate raise will likely begin to reverse ...
  8. The Most Likely Outcome For Greece

    After more than five years of a Greek drama, most of us have become fatigued with hearing about Greece’s debt problems, the ...
  9. How To Talk To Headhunters

    8 tips on forging a fruitful relationship with an executive recruiter.
  10. How Retirees Should Approach Interest Rate Hikes

    Here's what retirees can do if interest rates rise.
  11. Good Economic News The Cynics May Be Missing

    Headline data about the U.S. economy hasn’t been great, but the economy is actually stronger than it’s getting credit for. ...
  12. What’s Driving Markets Today

    While U.S. stocks managed to eke out modest gains last week, it wasn’t without some violent swings along the way.
  13. Why Higher Rates Could Be Good News For Consumers

    While rates remain extraordinarily low by historical standards, in the last few months we have witnessed a modest change ...
  14. 10 Most Influential Chinese Companies

    Chinese companies are becoming influential global players. Investopedia provides a list of most influential companies in ...
  15. How Interest Rates Work on Savings Accounts

    Here's what you need to know to grow your rainy-day fund.
  16. The Best and Worst Countries to Find a Job

    Which countries have the lowest and highest unemployment rates? The answers might surprise you.
  17. 8 Ways To Seriously Blow It With A Headhunter

    Job hunters, beware. These are the 8 things that blow your chances with headhunters. So pay attention to your behavior when ...
  18. How Interest Rates Work On A Mortgage

    A step-by-step explanation of the interest calculations, mortgage types, and how the loan is eventually "retired" – which ...
  19. What The Fed Needs To Consider Before A Rate Hike

    Everyone, from colleagues to clients, has some interpretation of when and if the Fed should raise short-term rates and start ...
  20. 7 Ways To Make Executive Recruiters Notice You

    Yes, you can go after executive recruiters – but take a sophisticated approach. Here's how.
  21. The Job Hunter's Guide To Headhunters

    Corporations often turn to these outside consultants to fill their executive vacancies. Here's what you need to know about ...
  22. The Advantages of Investing in Art & Collectibles

    Investing in collectibles can be profitable and fun, and can offer tax benefits for some.
  23. 11 Big Stocks Hated by Analysts

    These 11 stocks get the lowest rating from Wall Street, but some are worse than others.
  24. Improving Employment Data And Your Paycheck

    Wages are beginning to grow in earnest, and if you believe the CPI, inflation is nowhere in sight. People who had given up ...
  25. Three Reasons Inflation Isn’t What You Think

    Though U.S. inflation has been firming recently— the core consumer price index rose in April for a 3rd month in a row—prices ...
  26. One Step Closer To Normal

    The global interest rate environment is changing. Last week, bond yields in the U.S., U.K., Europe, Japan, Australia and ...
  27. Stocks and ETFs for a Teetering Stock Market

    Here's what investors should do when the stock market is teetering.
  28. Effects Of Interest Rate Hikes On Private Equity

    Private Equity firms would be wise to lock in current interest rates on their debt payments in anticipation of rate hikes. ...
  29. How Interest Rates Work On Car Loans

    Three big facts to know – and some numbers to crunch to get the best deal.
  30. Why Being Poor Is So Expensive

    The less you earn, the more you're likely to spend for the everyday necessities of life.
  31. Will You See Higher Wages In 2015?

    It's been a few years into the economic recovery from the Great Recession, and the employment picture has been rocky.
  32. Understanding Interest Rates: Nominal, Real And Effective

    Interest rates can be broken down into several subcategories that incorporate various factors such as inflation. Smart investors ...
  33. How Inflation Affects Your Cost of Living

    How will your wallet be impacted by inflation?
  34. What Do the Federal Reserve Banks Do?

    These 12 regional banks are involved with four general tasks: formulate monetary policy, supervise financial institutions, ...
  35. What’s Behind The Sluggish Economic Recovery

    While the economy is improving, the rate of improvement is much lower than economists had expected. Estimates for Q2 GDP ...
  36. 9 Junk Bond ETFs You Should Eye Right Now

    Volatility aside, there’s still some value left in high yield bonds. Pending rate increases shouldn’t effect junk as gravely ...
  37. When and How Can Spread Betting Be Profitable

    Providing tax-free income in some countries, spread betting can be highly profitable. Investopedia provides important points ...
  38. The Importance Of LIBOR In Financial Markets

    What is LIBOR and why are its interest rates so important to the financial markets?
  39. 5 Secrets You Didn't Know About Mortgages

    Being savvy about the ins and outs of mortgages can mean big savings in the long term.
  40. Is Smaller Better When Investing Overseas?

    When it comes to global stocks think small (and not in a market-cap sense). Smaller developed nations have outperformed larger ...
  41. Google Is Now Richer Than Over 100 Countries

    Find out where Google ranks among the wealthiest nations of the world and which countries report GDP figures below the tech ...
  42. Finding A Discount On Your Next Bond Investment

    Discount rates have nothing to do with buying things on sale. Rather, it helps you figure out how much to pay today for a ...
  43. Comparing Impact Investing & Venture Philanthropy

    Impact investing and venture philanthropy might be similar, but there are differences and one is more popular than the other ...
  44. Impact Investing: How it Works and How to Invest

    Impact investing makes a positive impact, socially and/or environmentally, while also aiming to produce positive returns, ...
  45. How Tornadoes Impact The Economy

    Although most would agree that tornadoes and natural disasters are a very undesirable form of economic stimulus many economists ...
  46. Is The Yuan The New Greenback?

    China is increasingly top of mind for investors. While bulls see an opportunity in a massive equity rally, bears are focused ...
  47. Where To Look For Yield In A Low-Yield World

    While U.S. yields are likely to rise by year’s end, last week’s decline in yields is a reminder that we’re in a “low-for-long” ...
  48. Is Now the Time to Bet on Vacation Spending?

    As Americans embark on summer trips, investors can benefit by adding exposure to the travel and leisure sector.
  49. Why Israel Is Attracting Chinese Investors

    Chinese investment in Israel has taken off since 2011. What opportunities do Chinese investors see in the country, and what ...
  50. Why To Pay Attention To Today’s Buyback Boom

    There has been a lot of debate recently about whether today’s buyback boom, $133 billion for S&P companies, is good or bad ...
  51. How Embargoes Affect International Business

    One nations may impose an embargo against another as a tool of diplomacy. But it's businesses on both sides of the border ...
  52. How Central Banks Control The Supply Of Money

    A look at the ways central banks pump or drain money from the economy to keep it healthy.
  53. How To Buy Options On the Dow Jones

    We show why buying options on the Dow Jones is a good alternative to trading the exchange-traded fund.
  54. When Global Economies Converge

    The Divergences in global economic look very much like an explanation for what happened last year, though market observers ...
  55. Why To Look For Opportunities Overseas

    While U.S. equities can continue to climb and post further gains before the end of the year, the best opportunities may still ...
  56. Do Record Stock Highs Signal A Top?

    Despite higher rates, U.S. stocks have been posting new records in recent weeks, despite investor concerns about slowing ...
  57. Abenomics Vs. Quantitative Easing: Which Works Best?

    Abenomics and QE are versions of extraordinary stimulus measures initiated by the Japanese government and the U.S government, ...
  58. West Coast Vs. East Coast Economy

    The East’s focus on finance and banking contrasts the West’s drive toward technological innovation. But one thing is clear--each ...
  59. The Strong Dollar’s (Real) Toll On Tech Stocks

    A large portion of U.S. technology companies’ sales occur overseas, given the strong international business and consumer ...
  60. What A Rate Hike May Mean For Stocks

    By the end of the year, investors will likely be contending with the first Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hike in nearly a decade. ...
  61. Why You Should Avoid Fixating on Bond Duration

    Financial advisors and their clients should then focus on a bond fund’s portfolio rather than relying on any single metric ...
  62. What Makes the EUR/USD A Risky Trade Now?

    What are the current risks of trading the EUR/USD pair? The Fed may raise interest rates this summer and the ECB has begun ...
  63. The Case For Stocks Today

    Last week, U.S. equities advanced with the S&P 500 Index notching new records. Investors are now getting nervous with rate ...
  64. Gaining Market Influence-- The Case of US Shale

    A convergence of sustained bank financing, falling production costs and rising oil prices might position the US shale industry ...
  65. Which Dow Jones Stocks are Safe? Which are Risky?

    In a situation where our sustained bull run could turn into a sell-off rather quickly, here are four somewhat safe Dow stocks ...
  66. Is University Prestige Really That Important?

    Getting into a top school doesn't hurt, but it's not the real driver of who goes on to do well in life, as some provocative ...
  67. 5 Times Cash Rewards Credit Cards Come In Handy

    Using a credit card with cash rewards during emergencies can help you get through tough times, buy you time to pay off costs ...
  68. Why Some Investors Are Tilting Toward TIPS

    Last month’s five-year TIPS auction drew nearly $48 billion in interest, a sign of recent renewed demand for this inflation ...
  69. The Big Chill: What’s Wrong With The U.S. Consumer

    Based on the most recent April data, investors may, once again, be disappointed when the second-quarter gross domestic product ...
  70. What More Volatility Means For Momentum Stocks

    One byproduct of the recent tick higher in bond yields: a meaningful rise in volatility for both stocks and bonds.
  71. What To Expect Following The Tory Triumph

    The decisive Conservative victory in the UK's recent general election removes some of the near-term political uncertainty ...
  72. The EMAG Emerging Mkts Bond ETF: Worth the Risk?

    The Market Vectors Emerging Markets Aggregate Bond ETF (EMAG) might offer long-term rewards, but is now the best time to ...
  73. Can Electric Cars Replace Gas Guzzlers?

    High costs and poor battery performance have deterred many from switching to electric cars, which begs the question: can ...
  74. The Pros & Cons of a Trade Deficit

    Is a trade deficit, also known as a current account deficit, beneficial or detrimental to a country's economy?
  75. How & Why Interest Rates Affect Options

    The Fed is expected to change interest rates soon. We explain how a change in interest rates impacts option valuations.
  76. How To Calculate The GDP Of A Country

    We explain how to calculate the GDP of a country using two different approaches.
  77. The 5 Countries With The Lowest Interest Rates

    Interest rates in many nations are at record low levels as of May 2015. We look at the five nations with the lowest rates. ...
  78. Impact of Low Oil Prices on Oil Sellers and Buyers

    The impact of the fall in oil prices globally is nuanced due to the complex economies of some countries --some of which are ...
  79. Dos And Don'ts Of Selling A House

    Tips for selling your house in the shortest time possible and for the best price
  80. What Is Deflation And How Do Central Banks Fight It?

    The measures taken by central banks seem to be winning the battle against deflation, but it is too early to tell if they ...
  81. Why The U.S. Economy Is Ready For Liftoff

    Though the U.S. economy is once again underperforming expectations, as it has for the past five years, the economy is ready ...
  82. Venezuela: Portrait of a Country in Turmoil

    Venezuela is floundering, and the story has more to do with just the falling price of oil.
  83. The Gold Standard Versus Fiat Currency

    What do "gold standard" and "fiat system" mean for currencies and economies? Investopedia explores the history of the gold ...
  84. Infrastructure Investment & Institutional Reforms

    There has been a lot of buzz in the market lately about the prospect for growth and stability in Latin America.
  85. Would More Government Debt Help The U.S. Economy?

    Many economic policy experts are once again asking: “What, if anything, can be done to accelerate the United States’ persistently ...
  86. Too Late To Invest In EM?

    Investors have flocked to developing markets amid continued low U.S. interest rates & hopes of further economic stimulus ...
  87. Japan's Heavy Exposure to Rising Rates

    While Japan has seen falling interest rates for over two decades, quantitative easing could mean this is about change. Just ...
  88. Will Higher Interest Rates Crush Real Estate?

    The Federal Reserve isn’t likely to raise interest rates until at least September, but real estate investors shouldn’t ignore ...
  89. Fundamentals Of How Brazil Makes Its Money

    While it has an abundance of resources, including people, Brazil needs to begin to refocus its management and development ...
  90. How The Federal Reserve Affects Mortgage Rates

    The Federal Reserve's actions as it aims to maintain economic stability impact the cost of funds for banks and consequently ...
  91. Countries Most Affected By A Strong U.S. Dollar

    The U.S. dollar is still the most important currency in the world. It's used for trade, foreign reserves, and as a substitute ...
  92. The Most Competitive Industries For New Graduates

    Graduating from college is an exciting yet uncertain time for many students, as the overall job market is becoming more complex ...
  93. Fiscal Vs. Monetary Policy Pros & Cons

    When it comes to influencing macroeconomic outcomes, governments have typically relied on one of two primary courses of action: ...
  94. Arbitrage Strategies With Changing Interest Rates

    Changes in interest rates can give rise to arbitrage opportunities that, while short-lived, can be very lucrative for traders ...
  95. How Is The GDP Of India Calculated?

    India is a front-runner among developing economies. Investopedia explains how India calculates its GDP, an indicator of economic ...
  96. Who Produces The World's Food

    We look at the top producers of the world's food basket.
  97. How & Why Interest Rates Affect Futures

    There are at least four factors that affect change in futures prices, including risk free-interest rates, particularly in ...
  98. Market Timing Tips & Rules You Should Know

    Market timing rules benefit investments by finding the best prices and times to take exposure and book profits.
  99. How India Makes Money

    India currently has the ninth largest nominal GDP (and third largest in PPP) in the world.
  100. Putin Says Russian Economy Healing - Is He Right?

    Putin claims the Russian economy has turned the corner. Is he right or is it just the oil price?
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