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  1. What Is an Emerging Market Economy?

    Emerging markets provide new investment opportunities, but there are risks to investing in them - both to residents and foreign ...
  2. Stock Ownership Slips, Inequality Creeps

    Americans were hit hard in 2008, but their skittishness since has fueled inequality.
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. The Real Reason Americans Are Falling Behind Financially

    Rising cost of living – not mindless spending – may be what's preventing many Americans from achieving financial security. ...
  7. Don't Panic When the Market Goes Up and Down

    Investing is not a month-to-month proposition. Here's why you need to consider the long term.
  8. The Origins Of Greece's Debt Crisis

    The Greek debt crisis has its origins in the fiscal profligacy of previous governments, proving that nations cannot afford ...
  9. Inflation's Impact on Stock Returns

    When stocks are divided into growth and value categories, the evidence is clear that value stocks perform better in periods ...
  10. NAFTA's Winners And Losers

    The White House is reportedly considering to draft an executive order to leave NAFTA. So who benefited from NAFTA, and who ...
  11. Economic Indicator Sources for Brazil

    Once an emerging economic powerhouse, the Brazilian economy is now struggling. Here is the list of primary economic indicators ...
  12. 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: ...
  13. What Is the World Trade Organization?

    The WTO sets the global rules of trade. But what exactly does it do and why do so many oppose it?
  14. Why is Deflation Bad for the Economy?

    Deflation can adversely affect the economy in significant ways.
  15. Okun's Law: Economic Growth And Unemployment

    Unemployment and economic growth? Okun has a law for that.
  16. Standard of Living Vs. Quality of Life

    What is the difference between a standard of living and quality of life? Find out in this breakdown.
  17. Why These European Countries Don't Use the Euro

    The euro is a common currency of the European Union. Yet, many EU countries don’t use the euro. Investopedia explores why.
  18. Industries That Thrive on Recession

    Find out where to turn when looking to invest in a tumultuous market.
  19. Nasdaq Goes to Bat for Company Founders

    Jeff Thomas, Nasdaq's head of West Coast operations, outlines why the exchange is making a case for startups.
  20. 4 Reasons Why Airlines Are Always Struggling

    Why is the airline industry synonymous with ongoing losses and insolvency? We list four reasons.
  21. The Fall of the Market in the Fall of 2008

    How did America's strong economy tumble so quickly? Find out here.
  22. 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.
  23. An Introduction to Dark Pools

    Dark pools are an ominous-sounding term for private exchanges or forums for trading securities; unlike stock exchanges, dark ...
  24. The Cost of Unemployment to the Economy

    Unemployment carries many costs, both obvious and hidden, for an economy.
  25. What Is Market Efficiency?

    The efficient market hypothesis (EMH) suggests that stock prices fully reflect all available information in the market. Is ...
  26. Understanding Small- And Big-Cap Stocks

    If you don't realize how big small-cap stocks can be, you'll miss some good investment opportunities.
  27. Main Characteristics of Capitalist Economies

    Commerce is based on the principles of capitalism, but there are few, if any, examples of pure capitalism except in theory.
  28. 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 ...
  29. Interesting Facts About Imports and Exports

    Imports and exports exert a profound influence on the consumer and the economy. Learn what affects these figures, and in ...
  30. The Importance Of Inflation And GDP

    Learn the underlying theories behind these concepts and what they can mean for your portfolio.
  31. A History Of U.S. Monopolies

    These monoliths helped develop the economy and infrastructure at the expense of competition.
  32. The NYSE and Nasdaq: How They Work

    Learn some of the important differences in the way these exchanges operate and the securities that trade on them.
  33. How Bull Markets Past and Present Stack Up

    Looking back at the history of bull markets can give some context on where we currently stand.
  34. An Introduction to Stock Market Indices

    Investopedia explains the five most talked about indices and what makes them all different.
  35. 4 Stocks For a Stay-At-Home Economy (GRUB, NFLX)

    As consumers spend more time at home, companies like Sherwin-Williams and Netflix benefit.
  36. Exploring the Current Account in the Balance of Payments

    Learn how a country's current account balance reflects the country's economic health.
  37. What is Money?

    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?
  38. 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 ...
  39. The Birth of Stock Exchanges

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

    We explain how to calculate the GDP of a country using two different approaches.
  41. 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. ...
  42. 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.
  43. 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?
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. What Are Economies Of Scale?

    Is bigger always better? Read up on the important and often misunderstood concept of economies of scale.
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. 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.
  50. What is Fiscal Policy?

    Learn how governments adjust taxes and spending to moderate the economy.
  51. 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.
  52. How Airbnb Makes Money

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

    Learn what it means to own stocks and shares, why shares exist, and how you buy and sell them.
  54. 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.
  55. 5 Indicators of An Overvalued Stock Market

    These five financial indicators show that the stock market is alarmingly overvalued.
  56. Prepare Your Portfolio for a Difficult Stock Market

    Don't be too optimistic. Make sure your portfolio is prepared for a market downturn.
  57. 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. ...
  58. Countdown to Brexit: What Is Article 50?

    British PM Theresa May has triggered Article 50, and the divorce process has officially begun.
  59. 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.
  60. Why the 10-Year U.S. Treasury Yield Matters

    10-year treasury bond yields are important indicators of the economy as a whole.
  61. 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.
  62. Is Your Portfolio Ready for a Market Crash?

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

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

    Here are four reasons why your portfolio may be lagging behind a rising equity market.
  65. 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 ...
  66. 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 ...
  67. 4 Factors That Shape Market Trends

    Trends allow traders and investors to capture profits. Find out what's behind them.
  68. What Will a Trump Economy Look Like?

    Why are so many investors optimistic now that Donald Trump is president?
  69. 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?
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. Economic Anxiety and the Crisis of Masculinity

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

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

    New York Fashion Week brings a whirlwind of economic activity to New York City.
  75. 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?
  76. The Trump Financial Euphoria: Fantasy vs. Reality

    It remains to be seen how Trump's election will ultimately affect the global and financial markets.
  77. 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 ...
  78. 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 ...
  79. 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.
  80. What is the Quantity Theory of Money?

    Take a look at the tenets, assumptions and challenges of monetarism's principal theory.
  81. 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.
  82. Donald McGahn

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

    The Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates affects the whole economy.
  84. 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.
  85. 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.
  86. Portfolio Mismanagement: 7 Common Stock Errors

    Don't lose your shirt over these seven simple - and preventable - investment follies.
  87. 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.
  88. 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.
  89. The Truth About Stock Market Highs and Lows

    Although it appears to follow certain patterns at times, remember the market is unpredictable.
  90. 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.
  91. How High Levels of Debt Could Impact the Economy

    Here's how a large accumulation of private debt could impact the economy and investments.
  92. 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 ...
  93. 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 ...
  94. Investors Are Unprepared for Inflation

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

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

    Energy and basic materials stocks outperformed in 2016, while healthcare stocks lagged.
  97. 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 ...
  98. The European Banking Crisis Explained (DB)

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

    From Santa Claus rallies to evergreen loans, Wall Street can be a veritable winter wonderland for investors.
  100. 9 Common Effects of Inflation

    Is inflation ever good? Maybe if you like your job it is.
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