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  1. 10 Countries With The Biggest Forex Reserves

    Without adequate reserves, a nation's economy can grind to a halt. Here are the 10 nations with the biggest forex reserves. ...
  2. Lower for Longer: Wells Fargo's View on Interest Rates (WFC)

    Learn what Wells Fargo & Company believes about future U.S. interest rates and how low interest rates affect the bank's profitability.
  3. How Inflation and Unemployment Are Related

    How can inflation affect unemployment, and vice versa? Here we examine wage inflation, stagflation and the Phillips Curve.
  4. Will South Korea Devalue the Won?

    Learn why the largest countries in Asia are devaluing their currencies. Discover how South Korea may respond and what this ...
  5. 2 Reasons Why the Stock Market Leads the Economy

    Pay attention to how economic strength can follow a sustained stock market advance and how economic weakness can result from ...
  6. Why Gold Matters

    Gold is a very useful investment during periods of instability and high inflation.
  7. How the "Buy the Dip" Mentality in the Stock Market May Fade

    Consider portfolio changes for a sustained stock market drawdown, with the S&P 500 near its record high, stock valuations ...
  8. Why the Fed’s Job is All the More Complicated

    The Fed revealed that it will take a more dovish approach to normalizing its federal funds rate, but still left the door ...
  9. Britain Votes to Leave the EU

    Market turmoil could create opportunity, but this time the opinion polls got it right.
  10. Economic Factors That Affect The Forex Market

    Knowing the factors and indicators to watch will help you keep pace in the competitive and fast-moving world of forex.
  11. The True Value of Gold, If You Are Rich (GLRE)

    Discover why wealthy investors should consider converting part of their portfolios to gold as a way to short the Federal ...
  12. An Inside Look at Morgan Stanley's S&P 500 Target (MS)

    Beware of an economic slowdown in China and possible strengthening of the U.S. dollar, because these two events could significantly ...
  13. 10 Tips to Topple Student Loan Debt

    How to manage those burdensome payments as you embark on adult life.
  14. 5 Key Takeaways From the Brexit Vote

    We see five key takeaways from the UK’s 52% to 48% vote to break with the European Union (EU), and the lasting consequences ...
  15. The Emerging Market Opportunity in a Yield Drought

    Learn why investors face the choice of either accepting lower income or increasing risk in their bond portfolios in the search ...
  16. Chart of the Week: Where to Find Opportunities in a Post-Brexit World

    This week’s chart helps explains where to potentially find attractive value in a post-Brexit world.
  17. What Data Can Tell Us About the Brexit Vote

    BlackRock’s Scientific Active Equity team compiled several key data points for an internal live dashboard to better understand ...
  18. Why Citi Says Lower Gas Prices Aren't Helping the World (C)

    Learn why lower prices of oil have done little to increase U.S. consumer spending, drive corporate earnings or increase global ...
  19. 6 Catalysts That Could Hurt Investors' Confidence

    Learn why Bank of America expects the economy to rebound, and how investors can best position themselves to take advantage ...
  20. These Will Be the World's Top Economies in 2020

    Discover the current economic forces that are anticipated to significantly shift the landscape of the world's most powerful ...
  21. The Current State of the U.S. Debt

    Discover the current state of U.S. national debt, whether it's increasing or decreasing, and what is projected for the next ...
  22. Is the ECB Failing as a Central Bank?

    Deutsche Bank claims that the European Central Bank has failed. Discover the reasons for this accusation and the bank's proposed ...
  23. 2 Catalysts for Fed Hikes That Aren't Data Driven

    Find out what catalysts that are not data-driven are likely to influence the Federal Reserve Board's rate hike decisions ...
  24. What to Do on a Long Flight: 4 Free Financial Reports to Read

    Learn about four reports that explore major macroeconomic, business and technology trends that may affect the global economy ...
  25. Are Negative Interest Rates Good or Bad?

    The jury is still out on the effectiveness of negative interest rates, and whether they help or hurt the national and global ...
  26. 3 Takeaways From Q1 2016 S&P 500 Companies' Earnings

    Explore the three key takeaways from Q1 2016 earnings reports from companies in the S&P 500, all of which indicate the potential ...
  27. Lower for Longer: Negative Yield in Corporate Bonds (BAC, JNJ)

    Discover why for the first time in history, corporate bonds will drop into negative yield territory, joining sovereign bonds ...
  28. Why the Fed Says Banking Functions Are Too Complex (JPM, BAC)

    Discover why the Federal Reserve may raise capital requirements for America's largest banks or move to limit complex derivative ...
  29. The World's Top 10 Economies

    A look at the top 10 economies in the world.
  30. What Keeps You Up at Night, According to JP Morgan (JPM)

    Discover J.P. Morgan's four economic and political catalysts for the last half of 2016. Learn how these events may effect ...
  31. Will the Fed Raise Rates During a Profit Recession?

    Find out if another rate hike from the Federal Reserve means stocks are in for a rough year, and why corporate earnings continue ...
  32. How Brexit Would Impact Ireland’s Economy

    The potential separation of Britain from the European Union (Brexit) stands to affect Ireland, a rapidly growing emerging ...
  33. Should Retirees Pin Their Hopes on a Rate Hike?

    The Fed’s plan to start raising rates later this year might help, but it's unlikely to be a panacea for fixed-income investors. ...
  34. How Banks Set Interest Rates on Your Loans

    Many factors go into how banks set interest rates for loans. Use this information to negotiate the best possible rate when ...
  35. International Bonds are Worth Another Look

    We explain how a global bond portfolio can offer more than a U.S.-only portfolio can.
  36. 5 Central Banks That Are Publicly Traded

    Learn about five central banks that have publicly traded shares. Explore shareholder voting and dividend rights for public ...
  37. How the Underground Economy Affects GDP

    Find out how the underground, or shadow, economy affects the accuracy of the calculation of a country's gross domestic product ...
  38. How Real Estate Could Be Impacted by Negative Interest Rates

    Learn how to gain insight into the way negative interest rates affect real estate markets and how these rates could affect ...
  39. Five Rules to Improve Your Financial Health

    Learn five broad personal finance rules that can help get you on track to achieving specific financial goals.
  40. Opko's mangement and pipeline makes it a solid buy (OPK)

    Top analyst Ronnie Moas points to Opko's strong management and vibrant pipeline as reasons to be bullish on the stock.
  41. China Real Estate: Lawsuits Are Increasing, Price Is Stabilizing

    Examine Chinese real estate data to understand the geographical dynamics of recovery. What does lawsuit volume indicate about ...
  42. Chart of the Week: The Global Dynamic That’s Pushing Yields Lower

    Find out why global bond yields continue their downward trend to two things: easy central bank policy and Brexit-induced ...
  43. Central Bankers' Role in Keynesian Economics

    Learn about the role of monetary policy in Keynesian economics, and examine how central banks impacted aggregate demand in ...
  44. How Low Interest Rates Affect the British Economy

    Explore the impact of historically low interest rates on the British economy, while discovering the reasons for and against ...
  45. A Red Flag to the U.S. Equity Market: Rate Hikes

    Discover why the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates in 2016, why that might be necessary and why equity markets might ...
  46. 4 Reasons Why Irrational Exuberance Lasts Awhile

    Discover four reasons why markets sometimes exhibit irrational exuberance and form asset bubbles and why those bubbles are ...
  47. Not Wailing, but Shrugging

    Learn about how bottom-up is back as the markets take big macro data in stride.
  48. How Low Interest Rates Are Hurting Private Tech Companies (GS)

    Discover how the Federal Reserve's low interest rate policy is harming the private technology market, possibly creating another ...
  49. 5 Reasons Why Currency Manipulation Matters for Average Investors

    Find out why the Treasury Department identified five potential offenders of currency manipulation, and see how this affects ...
  50. Why this Emerging Region Has Room to Grow

    Learn how disruptive innovation could lead to powerful changes in Latin America and create economic opportunities for more ...
  51. Why the Middle Class Is Not Feeling the Wealth Effect

    Discover why most middle-class Americans feel left behind by the U.S. recovery, and why federal policy might be a major reason ...
  52. Why the U.S. Middle Class is Hit Hardest by Rise in Rent (Z)

    Find out how the middle class is being squeezed more so than the poor as a result of rapidly rising rent prices across the ...
  53. Did the Fed Change Its Stance on Rate Hikes?

    Find out what the Federal Reserve Board is doing regarding interest rate hikes, as well as if it has changed its stance on ...
  54. How to Hedge Against Negative Interest Rates (GLD, GDX)

    Find out why Stanley Druckenmiller believes negative interest rates are dangerous, why the bull market may be ending and ...
  55. Why Money Flow From Japan Matters to the U.S. Equity Market

    Discover why Japanese savers and investors may have a lot to say about the future of the U.S. equity market, and why the ...
  56. Why a Strong U.S. Manufacturing Industry Matters (UTX)

    Consider manufacturing’s contributions to employment and GDP growth by engaging other industries, both upstream and downstream, ...
  57. The Dividend Stock Story, in One Chart

    This week’s chart shows how U.S. dividend stocks have outperformed the S&P 500 over the past year.
  58. What’s Ahead for U.S. Payrolls

    We share a response to this question recently posed by Fed Chair: “Will monthly payroll gains move up toward the solid pace ...
  59. 3 Catalysts for U.S. Equity Market Correction (KMI, SWN)

    Find out what hedge fund manager David Tepper and other top market analysts foresee for the U.S. economy and the stock market ...
  60. How Interest Rates Affect the Housing Market

    Understand how rate changes can affect home prices and learn how you can keep up.
  61. What Increasing Tech Layoffs Mean For Silicon Valley (YHOO, ADSK)

    Find out the reasons for layoffs by Bay area tech companies in 2016. Learn which factors indicate that the regional job market ...
  62. Negative Interest Rates: Good or Bad for American Banks? (PNC, C)

    Learn why net interest margin is so important to banks, and uncover the potential impact a change in interest rate policy ...
  63. Did the G20 Agree on a New Plaza Accord in Shanghai?

    Learn all about a possible secret "Plaza Accord" made at the Shanghai G20 meetings to intervene and push the U.S. dollar ...
  64. Why PIMCO Says China's Growth Is Capped

    Examine five factors that limit PIMCO's forecasts for GDP growth in China. How do real estate, equity markets, policy efficacy, ...
  65. Why High Levels of Household Borrowing Is Not Concerning

    Discover how global debt levels have risen beyond the 2008 financial crisis levels and learn how the current interest rate ...
  66. Why the American Middle Class is Shrinking

    Discover why the American middle class is shrinking and why that is probably good thing, although the Fed might be funneling ...
  67. Portugal Economics: 4 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Learn about the similarities and differences between the economic woes of Portugal and Greece, and get some statistics and ...
  68. 3 Guidelines to Navigate the Economic Fog

    Here are three guidelines to help investors navigate the current murky economic picture.
  69. Why New Overtime Rules May Hurt Workers

    Discover why the Obama administration's new overtime rules may end up hurting businesses, slowing economic growth and punishing ...
  70. Why Lloyd Blankfein Has a Positive Outlook on the Economy (GS)

    Avoid unpleasant surprises by paying attention to economic data relied upon by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) when ...
  71. Will an Inverted Yield Curve Happen Again?

    Explore the causes of inverted yield curves, their frequency, their accuracy in forecasting recessions and whether this type ...
  72. The Top 5 Ways to Hedge Against Inflation

    Here are five ways to hedge against inflation if it reappears on the horizon.
  73. Why Interest Rates Have Been Low for So Long

    Learn of several competing explanations about why the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates so low in the United States ...
  74. Neutral Corner

    In looking at the current market climate, something to find particularly striking is the dichotomy between investor sentiment ...
  75. Yield-Hungry Investors Are Smitten with the U.S.

    Global demand for yield is good for U.S. investment grade fixed income, but what could it do to credit quality?
  76. Why Investors Should Care About Compound Interest

    Learn about compounding interest and how it impacts savings decisions, debt management, investment strategies and retirement ...
  77. Rising Economy, But Rising Suicide Rate. Why?

    There are various reasons why suicides are increasing, but some believe that long-term economic trends that hinder the less-educated ...
  78. PIMCO Report: China, Commodities and Central Banks

    Learn about PIMCO's global economic outlook as of April 2016. Find out how China, commodities and central banks are influencing ...
  79. U.S. Consumer Spending Weak Despite Low Gas Prices (M)

    Find out why American consumers are spending less and saving more, and why that might actually be a good thing for the whole ...
  80. Japan's Nonperforming Loans Cap Future Growth

    Discover why Japan is lying about its banking sector, and how protecting underperforming Japanese businesses is stunting ...
  81. The Narrowing Corridor of Global Growth

    Global growth appeared to sputter earlier this year, roiling markets. However, investors should get used to living in a moderate ...
  82. The Market Plays a (Fed) Waiting Game

    In this article, we talk about the outlook on equity markets, the path for Fed rate hikes, and the U.S. consumer and retail ...
  83. Why the TIPS Rally Might Not Be Real

    The influx of money into TIPS that ended in April is probably not an indicator that real inflation is on the horizon.
  84. Is the Fed Trying to Minimize the Next Stock Market Crash?

    Find out why the Federal Reserve wants to retroactively alter qualified financial contracts between big banks and investment ...
  85. 3 Industries That Benefit from Low Interest Rates (LEN,EXPE,NFLX)

    The industries that benefit the most from low interest rates are home builders and home-improvement retailers; the consumer ...
  86. Why the Wealth Effect Is Decelerating

    Discover why the Dallas Fed believes the wealth effect shrunk after the Great Recession, and why the wealth effect might ...
  87. Early Innings of a Multiyear Investment Opportunity?

    We provide our outlook for both traditional distressed and more niche credit strategies, and assess the opportunities managers ...
  88. Are TIPS a Good Buy Right Now?

    TIPS are trading at a big discount making this a good time to get into these instruments for those who believe that inflation ...
  89. Global Utilities: Exploring Revenue Trends & Fundamentals

    Analyze global revenue exposure in the utilities sector to learn about the impact of currency, regulation and economic growth ...
  90. Chart of the Week: Why It’s Time for Caution?

    This week’s chart helps illustrate why we’re taking a more cautious view of global equities over the near term.
  91. Italy Economics: 4 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Learn about the similarities and differences between the economic woes of Italy and Greece, and get some statistics and economic ...
  92. Event-Driven Equity – Hedge Fund Crowding Overshadows

    Learn why selling pressure from several large hedge funds has led to meaningful underperformance in more heavily trafficked ...
  93. 3 Reasons Not to Give Up on China (yet)

    Negative sentiment has focused on China’s debt level, slowing growth and sluggish implementation of reforms. But there are ...
  94. Growth in Australia? 3 Thoughts from PIMCO

    Learn how Australia avoided recession after the global financial crisis. Discover PIMCO's thoughts on Australia's growth ...
  95. High-Yield Bond ETFs: 3 Reasons to Avoid Them

    Examine high-yield bond performance in 2016. Why do rising default rates, falling recovery rates and Fed rate hikes make ...
  96. Spain's Economics: 3 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Discover why the Spanish economy continues to suffer from devastating unemployment figures, and why a serious approach to ...
  97. Deflation and Debt: Is the United States the New Japan?

    Discover how mainstream macroeconomics has failed Japan and why the United States should take care to avoid Japan's borrow, ...
  98. TIPS: Deflated Expectations, Inflated Opportunity?

    Prices for U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) suggest inflation will be the same over the next 10 years ...
  99. The Share Buyback Report: The Consumer Discretionary Sector (XLY)

    Analyze historical share repurchase data for the discretionary sector and identify the financial and economic factors that ...
  100. Insights Into Robert Schiller's Recession Studies

    Find out what Professor Robert Shiller of Yale University has to say about recessions, what causes them and why human psychology ...
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