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  1. Number of Banks That Charge Clients for Cash Deposits Is Growing

    In August 2016, two years after the ECB's decision to cut rates below zero, a few banks have started charging clients and ...
  2. Building a Case for Increased Infrastructure Spending

    The stars are seeming to align for more infrastructure spending in the U.S. and elsewhere. We discuss whether this can happen ...
  3. The Complicated Relationship Between Negative Rates and Local Stock Markets

    We examine the multiple factors behind the lackluster stock market performance in regions with negative interest rate policies.
  4. 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 ...
  5. Top 25 Developed and Developing Countries

    The difference between developed and developing countries, along with a list of the status of 25 nations around the world.
  6. How Sustainable Is Whole Foods' Competitive Advantage? (WFM)

    Whole Foods Market has built an economic moat on strong brand identity, but it could be threatened by large grocers entering ...
  7. Is GPD Really an Accurate Measure of Economic Growth?

    What does GDP tell us about real economic growth or well-being? It turns out that the answer is quite different than what ...
  8. The Investopedia Anxiety Index

    The Investopedia Anxiety Index
  9. The Top 4 Investors Investing in Gold (GLD, GDX)

    Some of the richest and most well-regarded investors, including George Soros, Jeff Gundlach, Stanley Druckenmiller and John ...
  10. The Hidden Portfolio Risk in Higher Rates

    We discuss the implications of a higher rate regime for your portfolio. The answer may surprise you.
  11. Is the Concept of 'TINA' Helping the Stock Market?

    Here's why the "TINA" (There Is No Alternative) perspective of stock market growth is overblown. There are always alternatives ...
  12. Bonds that Have Seen the Most Traffic Lately

    We examine U.S. fixed income fund flow data since the last Fed meeting and points out some trends worth paying attention ...
  13. Is Deleveraging a Red Flag to U.S. Equities?

    While U.S. equity prices surged following the financial crisis, they could suffer sharp declines once the Federal Reserve ...
  14. Hawks vs. Doves: Fed Increasingly Split Over Rates

    Investors highly anticipate a second rate hike this year as the Fed's hawks gain influence, following a period of no increases ...
  15. Why the Correlation Between the Dollar and Equities Is Weakening (SPY, UUP)

    The correlation between U.S. dollars and equities can change based on macroeconomic conditions. Understanding the causes ...
  16. Experimental Monetary Policy: Are We Stuck?

    Interest rates may be stuck near the zero lower bound (ZLB), thanks to experimental monetary policy from the Fed and over-spending ...
  17. 2 Investments With the Most Risk in 2016 (GLD, SDY)

    Investors should identify which investment has the most risk to protect themselves from losses. Risky investments include ...
  18. Chart of the Week: The Good News About Global Growth

    This week's chart shows the new BlackRock Macro GPS economic indicator and the good news it implies about the global growth ...
  19. 3 Books the CEO of Itaú Unibanco is Reading (ITUB)

    The summer reading list of Roberto Setubal, the CEO of Itaú Unibanco, includes novels and a book on the risks facing the ...
  20. The Most Volatile Time for Stocks? Sept. and Oct.

    September and October have historically been the two most volatile months for stocks, which some advisors see as an opportunity.
  21. How the Eurozone's Fight Against Deflation Is Hurting Savers

    The European Central Bank is fighting a desperate battle against deflation. Find out what it is doing and how it is going ...
  22. The 6 Most Common Explanations for Economic Stagnation

    Professional economists disagree about why the global economy has stagnated since 2001. Find out what some prominent thinkers ...
  23. Will the U.S. Election Really Matter for Markets?

    Find out why the U.S. election may have less of an impact on markets than many are expecting.
  24. Why Having a Strong Currency Is Like Holding a Hot Potato

    Strong currencies can create complicated situations for nations and policymakers, especially when central banks use divergent ...
  25. The Most Interesting Phenomenon in Today’s Jobs Market

    There has been much focus over the past week on the August payroll growth slowdown and what it means for the timing of the ...
  26. Gold is Still a Good Hedge when Volatility Rises

    With volatility low and interest rates poised to rise, why hold gold? We discuss the important role it plays in a portfolio ...
  27. 5 Industries Where Robots May Take Your Job

    Many workers around the country are worried about robots taking their jobs, but some industries are more prone to automation ...
  28. The Hidden Risk of Adopting Digital Currency

    Central banks could potentially leverage digital currency and blockchain technology to quickly and effectively implement ...
  29. What Would It Take for the U.S. Dollar to Collapse?

    Quantitative easing raised concerns about the dollar's vulnerability, but a review of the dollar's strengths and weaknesses ...
  30. Top 3 Books to Learn About Blockchain

    Here are reviews of three of the best available books on blockchain, a relatively new, but rapidly growing and very important ...
  31. The Sharing Economy: Top 5 Books to Read

    The motivation behind the sharing economy is the possibility of more cost-efficient delivery of services. Here are five good ...
  32. 5 Countries With the Most Disposable Income

    Some of these countries with high disposable income per capita may surprise you.
  33. Are Negative Rates Really "Far Superior" to Combat Downturns?

    Ever wonder how negative interest rates work? Economist Marvin Goodfriend swears by negative interest rates, touting them ...
  34. Financial Advisors Should Apply the Pareto (80/20) Principle

    The Pareto Principle can help advisors avoid wasting their time chasing and servicing client accounts that don't generate ...
  35. Is Fed QE4 More Likely Than Negative Interest Rates?

    Fed QE4 and negative interest rates are two policy options that speculators think the central bank might harness if economic ...
  36. 4 Forces Behind Income Inequality in America

    Two-thirds of U.S. households saw their income decline or stay flat between 2005 and 2014. A McKinsey report has taken an ...
  37. Will Quantitative Easing Lead to Hyperinflation?

    A look at whether or not quantitative easing could potentially lead the U.S. into a period of hyperinflation.
  38. Could Helicopter Money Become a Reality in Europe?

    The eurozone experienced deflation in some months of 2016, which caused some economists to consider helicopter money as a ...
  39. With Election Looming, Fundamentals & Fed Matter for Investors

    This has been an unusual election in the United States, to say the least. We discuss some of the potential investment implications ...
  40. Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3x Shares: 6-Month Snapshot (NUGT)

    NUGT is a leveraged vehicle that can deliver exceptional returns to savvy traders. Learn the major factors behind NUGT's ...
  41. 3M Stock: 3 Things to Watch (MMM)

    3M Company's stock price is widely affected by macroeconomics, and investors should focus on three leading economic indicators ...
  42. Adam Smith: The Father of Economics

    Adam Smith is renowned as "The Father of Economics" for his work in pioneering ideas such as free trade and GDP.
  43. What Jackson Hole Means for Investors

    Even as talk of Fed “normalization" intensifies, financial markets are looking less and less normal. We explain why this ...
  44. Chart of the Week: A Boon for Bonds

    Global corporate bond spreads have shrunk this year and are expected to tighten further, should the European Central Bank ...
  45. Shopping for a mortgage in 2016? Use this tool first.

    As home-buying technology has progressed, the process of finding the best mortgage rates for 2016 can all be done online.
  46. Here's How the Economics of Drug Trafficking Works

    As the debate about the war on drugs continues, a look at the economic costs of illicit drug trafficking.
  47. FBIDX, FSBAX: Overview of Fidelity Fixed Income Index Funds

    Get an overview of the Fidelity fixed-income index funds, known as Spartan Index funds, with a summary and performance data ...
  48. VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN: 6 Month Snap Shot (TVIX)

    The VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN fell by over 80% between January and July 2016, despite experiencing a meteoric ...
  49. Why Greenspan Is Getting Worried About U.S. Interest Rates

    Alan Greenspan says U.S. interest rates have been too low for too long, resulting in a bond market bubble, low productivity ...
  50. Barclays Foresees Oil Prices Recovering up to $85 by 2019 (BCS)

    Here's why Barclays predicted that Brent crude would reach $85 by 2019, one year earlier than the financial institution's ...
  51. 5 Countries That Own the Most U.S. Debt

    China gets a lot of attention for being the top foreign holder of U.S. debt, but some other top holders may surprise you.
  52. What Are the Pros and Cons of Raising the Minimum Wage?

    With the debate on wages continuing in Congress and in the public arena, here are some of the major pros and cons of raising ...
  53. The Toilet Revolution: Turning Waste Into Profit

    The lack of proper sanitation in developing countries has led to a public health crisis, one in which the toilet revolution ...
  54. Once Again, It’s Too Quiet Out There

    Russ discusses what's behind the unusually low volatility in the markets, and what could bring an end to the days of calm.
  55. The Different Colors of Asian Bonds

    As the intensifying search for yield goes international, Matt examines and shares his thoughts on the different Asian bond ...
  56. Equity Returns: Key Drivers Over the Past 30 Years

    Equities enjoyed robust gains between 1985 and 2014, but a 2016 McKinsey report warned that these returns could soon deteriorate ...
  57. Think Twice Before Buying Tax-Free Municipal Bonds

    Municipal bonds are relatively safe, tax-exempt securities--but they are not without drawbacks. Due diligence is required. ...
  58. What's the Best Place to Put Your Cash Right Now?

    What is the safest investment for your cash: Treasuries, CDs, money markets or mattresses? Here's a look at each.
  59. Chart of the Week: Maneuvering Through the Crowds

    Risk-on sentiment has dominated markets in a post-Brexit world characterized by expectations for lower-for-longer interest ...
  60. How Negative Interest Rates Can Affect Bond Prices

    Interest rates have gone negative in Europe, and bond yields are following suit. Here's why investors still buy them.
  61. 3 Countries With Negative Bond Yields and Interest Rates

    Negative interest rates and bond yields are a relatively new phenomenon, as lenders are charged for capital on deposit while ...
  62. The Economic Effects of Food Shortages

    Learn about the effects of food shortages on the economy and social order, and why lack of food isn't necessarily about lack ...
  63. How Do Negative Interest Rates Work?

    There is a lot of confusion surrounding negative interest rates. Matt breaks it down and explains what going negative really ...
  64. The Elusive Spark Needed for the Rally to Continue

    Against most expectations, U.S. stocks are turning in a respectable performance this year. The S&P 500 is now up 7% year-to-date, ...
  65. What Are the Different Types of Foreign Aid?

    Foreign aid can take many forms and may involve governments and private-sector contributors. Some efforts are more effective ...
  66. The Keynesian Put: New Support For Asset Prices

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts suggest fiscal policy is likely to take over from monetary policy in supporting strong ...
  67. The Worst-Performing Currencies of 2016

    Find out which foreign currencies struggled the most during the first seven months of 2016, and why the situation in Venezuela ...
  68. Will Nonperforming Loans Cause 'Italeave'?

    The EU's reluctance to allow Italy to bail out its precarious banks may encourage Italy to follow England out of the EU. ...
  69. How Negative Interest Rates Can Affect Currencies

    Analyze the relationship between interest rates and currency devaluation. Examine the impact of negative rates and how further ...
  70. Should Central Banks Be Independent?

    Find out why more and more experts are calling for an end to central bank independence, any why such provocative calls may ...
  71. IMF Calls For 6-Step Solution to the Euro Crisis

    Discover six points the International Monetary Fund believes the European Union must address in order to continue economic ...
  72. Why Goldman Thinks the U.S. Dollar Will Stay Strong

    Goldman analysts are bullish on companies that do business in the United States, in the face of a strengthening dollar and ...
  73. Venezuela's Food Shortage Explained

    Dire economic conditions in Venezuela have resulted in food shortages, hyperinflation, halted production and other serious ...
  74. Alan Greenspan: Gold Is Safest Store of Value Right Now

    Alan Greenspan is sounding the alarm on out-of-control entitlements and inflation. Find out why he advocates for a return ...
  75. Top 3 Global REIT ETFs in 2016

    The prevailing low-interest-rate environment generally favors international REITs, at the moment. These three ETFs track ...
  76. What Is the Difference Between Helicopter Money and QE?

    Explore the differences between helicopter money and quantitative easing, and learn about the consequences of these economic ...
  77. How Terrorism Damages the Global Economy

    The economic impact of more than 1,000 known terror attacks worldwide since 2015 may be larger than most realize.
  78. Can Infrastructure Spending Really Stimulate the Economy?

    Public infrastructure spending rarely stimulates long-term positive growth for the economy, even in times of recession...
  79. How Negative Interest Rates Can Affect Consumers

    Negative interest rates encourage banks to lend but not consumers to spend.
  80. The Charts All Inflation Watchers Need to See

    Getting the inflation call right is one of the most important decisions an investor can make today. We explain in these charts ...
  81. Why the Fed Keeps Lowering Macro Growth Outlook

    Examine the FOMC's communications to determine when and why it has reduced its growth expectations. Find out how changing ...
  82. What Rising LIBOR Is and Is Not Telling You

    Find out why the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is on the rise, but not for the usual reasons.
  83. The Cost of a Road Trip Across the United States

    Estimate the cost of a road trip across the United States, and evaluate how the cost of such a trip has changed from 2015 ...
  84. Behind the Law of Large Numbers in the Insurance Industry

    Discover how the law of large numbers helps insurance companies cope with risk, and why the theory does not always live up ...
  85. IMF: These Top 3 Banks Pose Global Financial Risk

    The IMF believes these three banks pose the greatest systemic risk to the global financial economy.
  86. Chart of the Week: Will the Fed Disrupt the EM Party?

    This week’s chart helps explain why stronger U.S. jobs data fueled speculation earlier this month of more Federal Reserve ...
  87. Best Undergraduate Degrees For Day Traders

    We look at some popular undergrad majors for those wanting to begin a career in the exciting world of fast-paced trading. ...
  88. Why the Opium Trade in Afghanistan Is Booming

    Discover how ineffective the U.S. efforts to counteract the opium trade in Afghanistan have been and why black markets feed ...
  89. Why the South China Sea Dispute Matters for the United States

    The South China Sea dispute between China and other countries that border the area matters to the United States...
  90. Why China Is Buying Gold at a Rapid Pace (BCS)

    The People's Bank of China has been buying up extra gold reserves at a breakneck pace. Could this signal a challenge to the ...
  91. The Impact of Brexit on Facebook

    Learn how currency swings, trade agreements, privacy issues and consumer demand stand to impact Facebook following the Brexit ...
  92. Developed Markets: Politics and Economics May Create a Turbulent Mix

    Learn why the acceleration of sovereign yield declines should focus investors’ attention on risk.
  93. The Fed Sticks to the Script (Yawn…)

    The Federal Reserve missed another opportunity to raise rates last Thursday. So, If we get stagflation, the Fed must learn ...
  94. The Case for Sticking With High Yield

    Find out why between the market low in February and the July peak, high yield bonds rallied roughly 15%, according to Bloomberg ...
  95. 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.
  96. Can Brazil Win a Gold Medal As an Investment?

    Many investor are directing their attention to Brazil with the Olympic Games underway because it has one of the best performing ...
  97. Two ETFs to Consider for Now

    Amid a murky global economic outlook, investors who want to hedge their exposure to interest-rate sensitivity and emerging-market ...
  98. Has the Age of Secular Stagnation Arrived?

    Secular stagnation is an interesting model, but it's not the last word on our economic situation.
  99. How to Get Your Portfolio to Eat Its Duration

    Learn why while most investors realize that traditional bonds dampen portfolio volatility, it’s hard to commit to an asset ...
  100. Top 4 Companies that Consolidate Private Student Loans (CFG)

    Consolidating your student loans can save you money.
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