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  1. The World's Top 10 Banks

    Learn more about the world's largest banks and how more financial power shifts eastward as China is home to four of the world's ...
  2. The Birth of Stock Exchanges

    Learn how British coffeehouses helped give rise to the juggernaut that is the NYSE.
  3. How to Calculate the GDP of a Country

    We explain how to calculate the GDP of a country using two different approaches.
  4. The Taylor Rule: An Economic Model For Monetary Policy

    This interest rate forecasting model has helped central banks around the world adjust their rates to balance out inflation. ...
  5. The Five Biggest Stock Market Myths

    Stocks that go down must come up, right? Wrong. We bust this myth and four other common market misconceptions.
  6. How Many People Work in the Coal Industry?

    President Trump has promised to save the coal industry from irrelevance. But how many jobs are really at stake?
  7. The Economic Benefits of Legalizing Weed

    As more states vote in favor of legalizing weed, here's a look at the economic benefits to state economies.
  8. A Less Volatile Market Is What We Currently Need

    After an extended run-up in stock prices, a steady market would be good right now.
  9. What Are Economies Of Scale?

    Is bigger always better? Read up on the important and often misunderstood concept of economies of scale.
  10. Employers Unite to Cut Employee Healthcare Costs

    Industry's turn: 38 large companies have united as the Health Transformation Alliance in an attempt to cut employee healthcare ...
  11. What Is The Balance Of Payments?

    The balance of payments helps countries to track how much money is coming in and how much money is going out. Learn more ...
  12. NAFTA's Winners And Losers

    Who benefited from NAFTA, and who lost out? Do we even know?
  13. The Basics of Tariffs And Trade Barriers

    Everything you need to know - from the different types of tariffs to their effects on the local economy.
  14. What is Fiscal Policy?

    Learn how governments adjust taxes and spending to moderate the economy.
  15. Banks May Be Behind the Drop in Car Sales

    March saw a significant drop in car sales in the United States. Automotive analysts are blaming banks.
  16. How Airbnb Makes Money

    Companies like Airbnb have taken advantage of technological innovations to create platforms that connect individuals to exchange ...
  17. How the Stock Market Works

    Learn what it means to own stocks and shares, why shares exist, and how you buy and sell them.
  18. Star Wars: The Economics Of The Galactic Empire

    The Galactic Empire in Star Wars wasn't always so powerful. Intergalactic businesses were always at loggerheads with intergalactiic ...
  19. What Happens When the P/E 10 Ratio Is High?

    Some investors think P/E 10 is one of the best predictors of stock market returns in the long run.
  20. 5 Indicators of An Overvalued Stock Market

    These five financial indicators show that the stock market is alarmingly overvalued.
  21. How Will the Fed Reduce its Balance Sheet?

    After a 6 year policy of quantitative easing the Fed now has to address the resulting $4.5 trillion balance sheet as it begins ...
  22. Prepare Your Portfolio for a Difficult Stock Market

    Don't be too optimistic. Make sure your portfolio is prepared for a market downturn.
  23. Brexit: Winners and Losers

    As post-Brexit discussions between the U.K. and Europe heat, up we analyze the ongoing winners and losers from these negotiations. ...
  24. Countdown to Brexit: What Is Article 50?

    British PM Theresa May has triggered Article 50, and the divorce process has officially begun.
  25. SNP Plans Second Scottish Independence Referendum

    With UK Prime Minister May ready to trigger Article 50, Scottish politicians are calling for a second independence referendum.
  26. The Origins of the Puerto Rican Debt Crisis

    Learn how heavy bond issuance, economic decline, oppressive social spending and a declining population combined to bring ...
  27. Why the 10-Year U.S. Treasury Yield Matters

    10-year treasury bond yields are important indicators of the economy as a whole.
  28. How to Prepare Yourself for a Market Crash

    Being prepared for the next market crash will ensure you survive and perhaps even benefit from it.
  29. Is Your Portfolio Ready for a Market Crash?

    With the right diversification and risk, your investment portfolio will weather any market crash.
  30. The Stock Market Never Really Changes

    Despite what else is going on in the world, the market and investment strategy never truly changes.
  31. Why Your Portfolio Hasn't Rallied With the Market

    Here are four reasons why your portfolio may be lagging behind a rising equity market.
  32. The Economic Effects of the New Deal

    While the New Deal failed to revive the U.S. economy during the Great Depression, its legacy lives on today as increasing ...
  33. The Impact of a Fed Interest Rate Hike

    The Federal Reserve recently raised benchmark interest rates. With much attention on the Fed's policy, here's what happens ...
  34. Bonds and Currencies Leading Markets Higher

    Think a big equity market correction is around the corner? Think again. Bond and FX markets suggest equities are not headed ...
  35. 4 Factors That Shape Market Trends

    Trends allow traders and investors to capture profits. Find out what's behind them.
  36. What Is Money?

    It's a part of everyone's life, and we all want it, but do you know how it gains value and how it is created?
  37. What Will a Trump Economy Look Like?

    Why are so many investors optimistic now that Donald Trump is president?
  38. Why GDP Is Not an Accurate Measure of the Economy

    Is gross domestic product (GDP) an accurate measure of the strength or weakness of the U.S. economy?
  39. What Should Investors Expect From Markets in 2017?

    A Q&A with Mark Okada, CIO and Co-Founder of Highland Capital Management, on his investment outlook.
  40. Tarullo Departure Gives Trump a Huge Opening at the Fed

    With three seats to fill on the Fed's board, President Trump a huge opportunity to put his stamp on Fed policy.
  41. Economic Anxiety and the Crisis of Masculinity

    Underlying Trump's jobs message is an important gender dynamic.
  42. Fashion Week: A Snapshot

    New York Fashion Week is in full swing, and provides and economic windfall for the city.
  43. New York Fashion Week: A Snapshot (KORS)

    New York Fashion Week brings a whirlwind of economic activity to New York City.
  44. The Dow at 20,000: Where Does It Go from Here?

    The Dow recently topped 20,000, setting a new record. Will the momentum continue?
  45. The Trump Financial Euphoria: Fantasy vs. Reality

    It remains to be seen how Trump's election will ultimately affect the global and financial markets.
  46. The World's Top 10 Economies

    The United States has been the world's largest economy since 1871, but China's growth may soon position it as the leader ...
  47. Opinion: How Precarious Is China’s Economy? (FXI)

    Beijing has the critical tools necessary to engineer a “soft landing” and slow the country’s economic growth. While a soft ...
  48. Crude Market Tug of War (BP, RDS.A)

    Oil traders are feeling the strain of a flat oil price futures curve, but renewed volatility could provide some relief.
  49. What is the Quantity Theory of Money?

    Take a look at the tenets, assumptions and challenges of monetarism's principal theory.
  50. Cost-Push Inflation Versus Demand-Pull Inflation

    Gain a deeper understanding of aggregate supply and demand, forces which raise the price of goods and services.
  51. Donald McGahn

    White House Counsel
  52. How the Federal Reserve Impacts Investors Like You

    The Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates affects the whole economy.
  53. Who Will Disrupt the Insurance Industry in 2017?

    Fintech startups are training their sights on the insurance industry this year. Here are top players in the field.
  54. What Does the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Do?

    The Commerce Secretary overseas a vast business and commerce engine that drives the U.S. economy.
  55. Portfolio Mismanagement: 7 Common Stock Errors

    Don't lose your shirt over these seven simple - and preventable - investment follies.
  56. What if Trump Starts a Trade War With China?

    If Trump follows through with his campaign trade promises, he may start a trade war with China.
  57. What to Expect from Markets Under a New President

    The U.S. market started low and ended high in 2016, but what happens next remains to be seen.
  58. The Truth About Stock Market Highs and Lows

    Although it appears to follow certain patterns at times, remember the market is unpredictable.
  59. Industries That Thrive On Recession

    Find out where to turn when looking to invest in a tumultuous market.
  60. Top 3 Banking Platforms Taking Off in Fintech (FISV, QTWO)

    Fintech companies are shaking up the financial industry, and these banking platforms are poised for growth in 2017.
  61. How High Levels of Debt Could Impact the Economy

    Here's how a large accumulation of private debt could impact the economy and investments.
  62. Yellen: Fed to Tighten “A Few Times Per Year” Through 2019

    Fed Chair Yellen sees a "few hikes a year" to rates through 2019; FOMC minutes suggest December rate hike was in part reaction ...
  63. Could Fintech Be in a Bubble?

    Although there are signs of a fintech bubble that could burst, that hasn't kept venture capital from investing billions in ...
  64. Investors Are Unprepared for Inflation

    Inflation has remained so quiescent for so long that many investors have forgotten even how to cope with it.
  65. How to Make Sense of the Trump Stock Market Rally

    What was stock market rally after Trump's election based on?
  66. Best and Worst Performing Sectors of 2016

    Energy and basic materials stocks outperformed in 2016, while healthcare stocks lagged.
  67. A Guide To Returning Christmas Gifts

    The Christmas season can be stressful, but returning unwanted gifts can be even more stressful. Here are some tips to help ...
  68. The European Banking Crisis Explained (DB)

    Could this be another Lehman?
  69. The Frosty, Festive World Of Investing

    From Santa Claus rallies to evergreen loans, Wall Street can be a veritable winter wonderland for investors.
  70. 9 Common Effects of Inflation

    Is inflation ever good? Maybe if you like your job it is.
  71. Why Has the Stock Market Gone Up Since the Election?

    There are several reasons why the market has gone up since the presidential election.
  72. A Look at the Shifts in Globalization in Markets

    The shift towards populist-driven nationalistic trends has helped put the global economy in flux.
  73. What M&A May Look Like Under President Trump

    A Trump administration may be more inclined to let M&A deals go through.
  74. What Does It Mean To Be Green?

    Green investing is the new buzz word for companies and investors. Find out what it means.
  75. Fundamentals Of How China Makes Its Money (BABA, PFE)

    China has the first or second largest GDP in the world but is not nearly as developed as others in the top 10.
  76. The Impact Of Ending The US Embargo On Cuba

    Many argue that ending the US embargo on Cuba will not only make US consumers happy, but also help the US economy and bring ...
  77. The National Debt Explained

    We know it's growing, but we don't know exactly how. An in-depth look why the U.S. Government's debt continues to balloon ...
  78. The Importance of Black Friday Sales Figures

    Retailers are eager to cash in on the all-important holiday shopping season. But what exactly should investors make of the ...
  79. Will Trump's Win Change Low Return Assumptions?

    A prolonged bull market has many lowering their return expectations going forward. Should they under a Trump presidency?
  80. Black Friday: How the Shopping Day Got Its Name

    No, it has nothing to do with accounting. Here's the real story.
  81. 5 Best States for Black Friday Shopping

    These states have great deals on your day-after-Thanksgiving purchases. The secret? No – or lower – sales taxes.
  82. Best Ways to Prepare for Black Friday Deals

    You can actually save money on Black Friday by devising a plan and prioritizing your shopping list.
  83. Is Trump The Next Reagan? Investors Better Brace Themselves

    Will President-elect Donald Trump unleash a new era of big fiscal spending?
  84. Some Like it Hot (The Economy, That is)

    We look at past market reactions as the Federal Reserve contemplates higher interest rates, and what the yield curve may ...
  85. How the Housing Market Reacts to a New President

    As the markets move, so do mortgage rates. Both will be watched closely as we move into 2017.
  86. Chart of the Week: Trump’s Win Reinforces a New Market Regime

    We see Donald Trump’s surprise win reinforcing the reflationary theme that has shaped global markets in recent months. We ...
  87. How Should Investors React to a President Trump?

    Donald Trump has been declared the winner of the 2016 presidential election. What should investors make of the result?
  88. Should You Worry About Your Money As Election Day Nears?

    The election is almost over - but should you be worried about the markets, and your money?
  89. Zero Rate Policy: History’s Biggest Ponzi Scheme

    The central planning belief system is breaking down. Economic reality is setting in.
  90. What Is Purchasing Power Parity? (PPP)

    Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) is an economic theory that compares different countries' currencies through a market "basket ...
  91. Good News: Long-Awaited Wage Growth is Finally Happening

    American wages reached record levels last year--and not just for the wealthy.
  92. As Fed Rate Hike Looms, Hawks and Doves Remain Divided

    Investors highly anticipate a second rate hike this year as the Fed's hawks gain influence, following a period of no increases ...
  93. America’s Economy Is Slowing (Despite What Some Are Saying)

    The economic data is showing that we've entered the slower-growth phase of the business cycle.
  94. Trump vs. Clinton's Economic Policies: What Wall Street Thinks

    In terms of spending, regulation, trade, healthcare and immigration, this election offers an uneven mix of hopes, threats, ...
  95. Comparing Cost of Living: 5 Cities Where $50K Goes Furthest

    If you are comparing cost of living to see where a $50,000 salary will stretch the furthest, these 5 cities are at the top ...
  96. Are Big Banks Becoming More Corrupt? (JPM, C)

    Big banking scandals have been a prominent feature in 2016, but news of corrupt banks is not a new or surprising phenomenon ...
  97. Did OPEC Blink in the U.S. Shale Standoff? (KSA)

    Did OPEC just blink in its standoff with U.S. shale oil producers?
  98. Top 10 Recession-Proof Jobs

    Certain professions are recession-proof, such as health care and law enforcement. People with these jobs can expect to stay ...
  99. Number of Banks That Charge Clients for Cash Deposits Is Growing (IREBY, RBS)

    In August 2016, two years after the ECB's decision to cut rates below zero, a few banks have started charging clients and ...
  100. How Bad Is China from the Perspectives of U.S. Companies?

    Many U.S. companies espoused a positive view of China's economic outlook, even though the nation's growth sputtered after ...
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