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  1. Top Indicators From The Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Of the BLS indicators, the change in nonfarm payrolls and unemployment rate, as well as the CPI and PPI, are the ones most ...
  2. The Rate Rise Timeline to Watch for Now

    When will the Fed begin to raise rates? Here’s a take on the rate rise timeline to watch for now post Jackson Hole.
  3. How Banks Set Interest Rates On Your Loans

    On the face of it, figuring out how a bank makes money is a pretty straightforward affair. A bank earns a spread on the money ...
  4. An Analysis Of Social Security Benefits And Their Future

    Social Security is a significant driver of the US economy--as good a reason as any to make sure you understand it!
  5. How the Cost of Living Affects Your Income

    Do you know all the ways cost of living increases can affect your income?
  6. What Exactly is a Socialist Economy?

    Socialism's role in the world has changed dramatically in the last several decades.
  7. How Countries Deal With Debt

    For many emerging economies, issuing sovereign debt is the only way to raise funds, but things can go sour quickly.
  8. Great Company Or Growing Industry?

    Look at the big picture when choosing a company - what you see may really be a stage in its industry's growth.
  9. Four Ways to Increase Your Corporate Bond Exposure

    Looking at the corporate bond market over the past few years, we see that there has been a growing demand for both investment ...
  10. The Rise And Fall Of The Shadow Banking System

    We look at the evolution, failure and fallout from the shadow banking system.
  11. How Inflation Affects Your Cost of Living

    How will your wallet be impacted by inflation?
  12. Socialist Economies: How China, Cuba And North Korea Work

    What is socialist economics in the context of Cuba, China and North Korea?
  13. 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. ...
  14. This is What the Fed’s Monetary Policy Means To You

    It’s a good thing for everyone concerned with their finances to take five minutes or so to find out what the Federal Reserve ...
  15. Why You Should Invest In This Vibrant Asian Nation

    Other than tourism and a recent military coup, what's there for investors to know about Thailand? Plenty.
  16. Is it Time to Prepare for Inflation?

    While U.S. inflation remains at historic lows, it has ticked up recently, leaving many investors fearing rising prices.
  17. More Volatility Ahead?

    Despite recent market swings, volatility is still low by historic standards, suggesting that markets aren’t taking into account ...
  18. How Big Are Emerging Markets?

    Satistical studies of GDP in emerging markets have been in the news recently. One calculation indicated that the Chinese ...
  19. 5 Reasons Why Low Rates May be Harmful To The Economy

    Like quantitative easing before it, the Fed’s zero interest rate policy may actually be inhibiting economic growth and job ...
  20. Why Inflation Is Still A Threat To Your Retirement

    One reason people tend to underestimate their retirement saving needs is that they fail to properly account for the impact ...
  21. The Biggest Threat To The Housing Recovery

    Despite a run of positive economic news that most recently includes a surge in new home sales, you have to be prepared for ...
  22. Are Stock ETF Investors Placing Too Much Faith In The Fed?

    For one thing, inflation-adjusted spending declined over the last few months. That cannot be a strong sign for the U.S
  23. Supply, Demand and Interest Rates: Why One thing Leads to Another

    A recent report from the Federal Reserve reveals a disconnect in global bond supply and demand, which partially explains ...
  24. What is the OIS LIBOR Spread And What Is It For?

    When the LIBOR-OIS spread rises significantly, it represents the worry that banks might not be able to pay down even their ...
  25. 3 “Risk-Off” Signs For ETF Investors

    Warning signs that ETF investors may wish to follow.
  26. What Is The Relationship Between The Federal Funds, Prime And LIBOR Rates?

    The prime rate and LIBOR rate, two of the most prominent benchmark rates, tend to track the federal funds rate closely over ...
  27. Will OIS Replace LIBOR?

    LIBOR manipulation by large banks during the financial crisis has raised serious doubts about the interest rate's reliability. ...
  28. Russian Interests

    Tensions between Russia and Ukraine remain high, and have spilled onto the international stage.
  29. Why a Rise In the National Debt Is Good for You

    In the first quarter of the year, the household national debt for Americans was $129 billion. Yet contrary to popular belief, ...
  30. These Sectors Benefit From Rising Interest Rates

    You've adjusted your debt portfolio to prepare for rising interest rates; now what about your equity holdings? Here are some ...
  31. What Is ICE LIBOR And What Is It Used For?

    In the case of ICE LIBOR, an innocent-sounding set of letters has a profound bearing on every loan you make.
  32. Four Market Risks to Focus on This Summer

    Four market risks to pay attention to this summer.
  33. 5 Funds to Fight Inflation

    Judging by the price action and performance of conventional inflation hedges over the last 12 months, it appears the investing ...
  34. America The Youthful? Yes, On a Relative Basis

    While the United States is aging at a much slower pace than much of the rest of the world, the U.S. population will almost ...
  35. How To Protect Yourself From Rising Interest Rates

    Today's historically low interest rates have just one way to go. How should you prepare for their inevitable rise?
  36. Millennials: Let’s Grab A Beer, Burger and a Movie In 2064

    Asking a 25-year old to save money for his 75-year old future self is like asking him to give money to a stranger. But if ...
  37. Japan’s 20-Year Deflationary Spiral Is About To End

    With this month’s hike in the consumption tax from 5% to 8%, investors are fearful that history may repeat itself.
  38. Thoughts from the Frontline: The Cost of Code Red

    Thoughts from the Frontline: The Cost of Code Red
  39. State Employment Trends: Does a Low Tax/Right-to-Work/Low Minimum Wage Regime Correlate ...

    Employment in Governor Walker’s Wisconsin, as in Governor Brownback’s Kansas, has lagged behind that of the United States ...
  40. Connecting the Dots on Fed Policy

    A close look at how the Fed decides which path to follow.
  41. Outside the Box: Hoisington Investment Mgmt Review and Outlook, Q1 2014

    Outside the Box: Hoisington Investment Management Quarterly Review and Outlook, First Quarter 2014
  42. Why Stick With Energy Stocks? (Hint: Geopolitical Risk)

    By most fundamental measures, oil prices should be declining. Russ explains why they’re on the rise instead, how this has ...
  43. Are We Setting Ourselves Up For Another Financial Crisis?

    “More money has been lost because of four words than at the point of a gun. Those words are, ‘This time is different.’”
  44. Thoughts From The Frontline: Every Central Bank For Itself

    Thoughts from the Frontline: Every Central Bank for Itself
  45. The Insiders Who Fix Rates for Gold, Currencies And Libor

    The system by which benchmark rates are fixed for interest rates, currencies and gold is archaic - and, many would argue, ...
  46. Quantitative Easing: Does It Work?

    This controversial monetary policy has been used by some of the world's most powerful economies. But does it work?
  47. Sanctions Between Countries Pack a Bigger Punch Than You Might Think

    In response to Russia's annexation of Crimea, in March 2014 the West slapped sanctions on dozens of Russian hotshots. So ...
  48. Obama Budget Released: Who Are The Winners And Losers?

    Tuesday President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.9 trillion budget for fiscal year 2015 that includes new programs for education ...
  49. What Will Happen To Treasury Yields With Yellen And Tapering?

    Janet Yellen was sworn in as Federal Reserve chair Feb. 3, 2014, ending Ben Bernanke's eight-year tenure. Yellen assumes ...
  50. Introduction To Supply And Demand

    Find out all about supply and demand and how it relates to your daily purchases.
  51. Accelerating Returns With Continuous Compounding

    Investopedia explains the natural log and exponential functions used to calculate this value.
  52. A Study On The Wealth Effect And The Economy

    The notion that the wealth effect spurs personal consumption makes sense intuitively. After all, wouldn’t you be more inclined ...
  53. How To Profit During High Inflation

    Some companies are better than others at pivoting their strategies to overcome inflation or other cost-increasing concerns. ...
  54. Calculating Covariance For Stocks

    Learn how to figure out how two stocks might move together in the future by calculating covariance.
  55. The Importance Of The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI)

    The PMI is the headline indicator in the ISM Manufacturing Report on Business, an influential monthly survey of purchasing ...
  56. Fed’s Yellen Risks Inflation Spiral With Unemployment Target

    The Fed may be treading on dangerous ground by lowering its unemployment target for determining when to end the central bank's ...
  57. Seven Market Anomalies Investors Should Know

    Though they're unpredictable and heavily contested, market anomalies can often work in an investor's favor.
  58. Philly Fed Survey: Valuable To Investors?

    For many investors, the Philly Fed's monthly manufacturing survey provides important clues about the direction of the economy. ...
  59. The Interest Rates: APR, APY And EAR

    When most people shop for financial products, all they focus on is the listed interest rate. Human eyes instinctively dismiss ...
  60. The Fundamentals Of Forex Fundamentals

    Charting is not the only way to analyze the foreign-exchange market. Learn how to apply fundamental analysis to the economic ...
  61. The Unemployment Rate: Get Real

    Depending on how it's measured, the unemployment rate is open to interpretation. Learn how to find the real rate.
  62. The Intelligent Investor: Benjamin Graham

    Learn about the man who mentored Warren Buffett, who eventually became the investing "Oracle of Omaha".
  63. 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.
  64. Advanced Game Theory Strategies For Decision-Making

    The importance of game theory to modern analysis and decision-making can be gauged by the fact that since 1970, as many as ...
  65. The Big Squeeze On Your Wallet

    The Federal Reserve has been printing money to cover some of our debts, but how long can they do so without spawning hyperinflation?
  66. Utilizing Prisoner’s Dilemma In Business And The Economy

    The Prisoner’s Dilemma, one of the most famous game theories, provides a framework for understanding how to strike a balance ...
  67. Understanding Supply-Side Economics

    Does the amount of goods and services produced set the pace for economic growth? Here are the arguments.
  68. What You Need To Know About The Employment Report

    This widely watched indicator of economic well-being directly influences the market.
  69. Reading The MBA Mortgage Purchase Index

    By following the trend shown in the MBA Purchase Index, investors can identify investment opportunities in businesses that ...
  70. How Much Influence Does The Fed Have?

    Find out how current financial policies may affect your portfolio's future returns.
  71. Debt Monetization: A Nearsighted Government Policy?

    We look at whether this financial practice benefits a government in the long term.
  72. 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 ...
  73. Adam Smith: The Father Of Economics

    This free thinker promoted free trade at a time when governments controlled most commercial interests.
  74. A Look At National Debt And Government Bonds

    Learn the functions of the U.S. Treasury, and find out how and why it issues debt.
  75. Monetarism: Printing Money To Curb Inflation

    Learn how Milton Friedman's monetarist views shaped economic policy after World War II.
  76. How Interest Rates Affect Property Values

    When interest rates fall, real estate prices tend to increase. Why? Find out here.
  77. How To Read The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index

    The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index has provided a key leading indicator for investors and economists for decades. This ...
  78. Trading With The Jobless Claims Report

    Introduction to the jobless claims report. This article looks at what jobless claims tell us about the economy's health and ...
  79. Understanding The Consumer Confidence Index

    We look at this closely watched economic indicator to see what it means and how it's calculated.
  80. How To Manage Lifestyle Inflation

    Learn how to manage your finances so that making extra money actually equates to getting ahead.
  81. How Analyzing Economic Trends Will Help You Save Money

    It may seem like a tactic for active traders, but following economic trends can help you to save and make money.
  82. Introduction To Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS)

    If you want to protect your portfolio from inflation, all you need are a few TIPS.
  83. Introduction To Coincident And Lagging Economic Indicators

    Investors can learn a lot, or very little, from these indicators once they know how to use them.
  84. Nobel Winners Are Economic Prizes

    Before you try to profit from their theories, you should learn about the creators themselves.
  85. Breaking Down The Balance Of Trade

    The balance of trade is a key indicator of a nation’s health. Investors and market professionals appear more concerned with ...
  86. 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 ...
  87. How To Profit From Inflation

    Inflation - defined as a sustained increase in the price of goods and services - seems to be inevitable. While rising prices ...
  88. Why High-Income Earners Are Not Safe From The Threat Of Bankruptcy

    Few people have much sympathy for the woes of those earning six figure or more each year. But, given that high-income earners ...
  89. Regression Basics For Business Analysis

    This tool is easy to use and can provide valuable information on financial analysis and forecasting. Find out how.
  90. Forces Behind Interest Rates

    Get a deeper understanding of the importance of interest rates and what makes them change.
  91. Tracking Volatility: How The VIX Is Calculated

    When market volatility spikes or stalls, newspapers, websites, bloggers and television commentators all refer to the VIX®. ...
  92. How To Survive When Prices Double Every Day And A Half

    Hyperinflation can destroy your life savings in a matter of months or less. We’ve seen again and again throughout history…Germany ...
  93. Trading GDP Like A Currency Trader

    Investors that understand and utilize the U.S. GDP report have a significant advantage over those that don't.
  94. Consumer Confidence: A Killer Statistic

    The consumer confidence is key to any market economy, so investors need to learn the measures and how to analyze them.
  95. How Interest Rates Affect The Housing Market

    Understand how rate changes can affect home prices, and learn how you can keep up.
  96. Exploring The Current Account In The Balance Of Payments

    Learn how a country's current account balance reflects the country's economic health.
  97. 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 ...
  98. Economic Indicators That Do-It-Yourself Investors Should Know

    Understanding these investing tools will put the market in your hands.
  99. Does High GDP Mean Economic Prosperity?

    GDP is the typical indicator used to measure a country's economic health. Find out what it fails to reveal and how the Genuine ...
  100. 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 ...
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