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  1. 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.’”
  2. Thoughts From The Frontline: Every Central Bank For Itself

    Thoughts from the Frontline: Every Central Bank for Itself
  3. 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, ...
  4. 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?
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. Introduction To Supply And Demand

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

    Investopedia explains the natural log and exponential functions used to calculate this value.
  10. 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 ...
  11. How To Profit During High Inflation

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

    Learn how to figure out how two stocks might move together in the future by calculating covariance.
  13. 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 ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. Seven Market Anomalies Investors Should Know

    Though they're unpredictable and heavily contested, market anomalies can often work in an investor's favor.
  16. 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. ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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.
  20. The Intelligent Investor: Benjamin Graham

    Learn about the man who mentored Warren Buffett, who eventually became the investing "Oracle of Omaha".
  21. 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.
  22. 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 ...
  23. 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?
  24. 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 ...
  25. Understanding Supply-Side Economics

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

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

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

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

    We look at whether this financial practice benefits a government in the long term.
  30. 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 ...
  31. Adam Smith: The Father Of Economics

    This free thinker promoted free trade at a time when governments controlled most commercial interests.
  32. 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.
  33. Monetarism: Printing Money To Curb Inflation

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

    When interest rates fall, real estate prices tend to increase. Why? Find out here.
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. Understanding The Consumer Confidence Index

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

    Learn how to manage your finances so that making extra money actually equates to getting ahead.
  39. 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.
  40. Introduction To Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS)

    If you want to protect your portfolio from inflation, all you need are a few TIPS.
  41. 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.
  42. Nobel Winners Are Economic Prizes

    Before you try to profit from their theories, you should learn about the creators themselves.
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. 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 ...
  47. Regression Basics For Business Analysis

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

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

    When market volatility spikes or stalls, newspapers, websites, bloggers and television commentators all refer to the VIX®. ...
  50. 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 ...
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. How Interest Rates Affect The Housing Market

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

    Learn how a country's current account balance reflects the country's economic health.
  55. 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 ...
  56. Economic Indicators That Do-It-Yourself Investors Should Know

    Understanding these investing tools will put the market in your hands.
  57. 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 ...
  58. 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 ...
  59. How Monetary Policy Affects Your Investments

    Monetary policy changes can have a significant impact on every asset class. investors can position their portfolios to benefit ...
  60. Understanding The Case-Shiller Housing Index

    This index is a widely-used and respected barometer of the U.S. housing market and the broader economy.
  61. Earnings Guidance: Can It Accurately Predict The Future?

    Explore the controversies surrounding companies commenting on their forward-looking expectations.
  62. Why The Consumer Price Index Is Controversial

    Find out why economists are torn about how to calculate inflation.
  63. Predict Inflation With The Producer Price Index

    Find out how the PPI can be used to gauge the overall health of the economy.
  64. Consumer Spending As A Market Indicator

    What people buy and where they shop can provide valuable information about the economy.
  65. Activities You Can Take Advantage Of In The Pre-Market And After-Hours Trading Sessions

    A great deal can happen in between the New York close of the market and the open the following morning. Learn how you can ...
  66. Leading Economic Indicators Predict Market Trends

    Leading indicators help investors to predict and react to where the market is headed.
  67. How The 2014 Obama Budget Could Affect Your Finances

    Depending on which estimate you believe, Obama's proposed budget would raise the tax bill of a household with a yearly income ...
  68. Austerity: When The Government Tightens Its Belt

    When a government tightens its belt in tough economic times the entire nation feels the squeeze.
  69. Will Quantitative Easing Be Japan's Savior?

    The quantitative easing program, recently announced by the new governor of the Bank of Japan, Haruhiko Kuroda, is for a cash ...
  70. Will Obama’s Chained CPI Help Keep Inflation From Eating Into Your Savings?

    Learn the ways in which inflation nibbles away at your retirement income, especially in light of the President’s proposal ...
  71. Trading The Non-Farm Payroll Report

    Discover how to trade the NFP report without getting knocked out by the irrational volatility it can create.
  72. The Effect Of Trade On International Growth

    According to the World Trade Organization, world merchandise trade value grew by 20% in 2011, to $16.7 trillion.
  73. Hetty Green: The Witch Of Wall Street

    Hetty Green was the richest woman of her time and possibly the first value investor, yet she's not remembered kindly.
  74. Inspecting A Country's Debt

    Tensions over just how to handle debt are pitting the rich world against the developing world like never before.
  75. Other Options For The Cyprus Bailout

    Find out the other options Cyprus could use to resolve it's financial troubles, since its proposal to tax bank deposits didn't ...
  76. U.S. Vs. China: Battle To Be The Largest Economy In The World

    America's lengthy title reign as "World's Largest Economy" is fast under threat by China's surging economic growth. Find ...
  77. The Cyprus Crisis 101

    Discover what's behind the Cyprus debacle and what investors should do about the situation.
  78. Economic Indicators That Affect The U.S. Stock Market

    Macroeconomic factors like GDP, Inflation, and Retail Sales affect the value of your portfolio. Understanding these economic ...
  79. All The Cliffs You Need To Know About

    In addition to the oft-cited fiscal cliff, there are economic, tax, political, geopolitical and earnings pitfalls to avoid. ...
  80. Revenue Projections Show Profit Potential

    Examining how a company makes money can offer clues about its earnings potential.
  81. Countries With The Fastest And Slowest GDP Growth

    Discover which countries have shown the most growth since 1980, and which have shown the more ignominious fizzle and pop. ...
  82. What Is "Chained CPI?"

    Chained CPI is one of many ways to approximate the impact of rising or falling prices to consumers' pocketbooks.
  83. Natural Disasters: Issues Relating To Leaves Of Absence

    Small businesses are more likely to fail in the aftermath of devastation. How can you as an employee handle issues after ...
  84. Here We Go Again: The Debt Ceiling

    The debt ceiling debate could, once again, negatively impact the nation's credit rating.
  85. Derivatives 101

    Learn how to use this type of investment as an alternative way to participate in the market.
  86. Economic Factors That Affected The U.S. Dollar In 2012

    The factors that influence the U.S. dollar and currencies in general.
  87. China Is Set To Continue Growing

    China's economy has plenty of long-term fight left in it, offering one of the best bets on developing world growth.
  88. The Truth Behind The $1 Trillion Coin

    Is a $1 trillion coin really a feasible way to pay off the nation's debt?
  89. Mitigating Downside With The Sortino Ratio

    Differentiate between good and bad volatility with the Sortino Ratio.
  90. Pros And Cons Of NAFTA

    These gains and losses have been attributed to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  91. How Inflation Affects Your Net Worth

    When calculating your net worth, don't forget to take inflation into account.
  92. All I Want for Christmas Is A Santa Claus Rally

    Wall Street believes its dream of a Santa Claus rally will surely come to pass.
  93. The Impact Unpaid Internships Have On The Labor Market

    The dramatic increase in unpaid internships has given rise to favorable and unfavorable arguments based on their impact on ...
  94. Okun's Law: Economic Growth And Unemployment

    Learn about Okun's Law, why it is important and how it stood the test of time since first being published.
  95. Canada And Australia Dollars To Be Reserve Currencies

    The IMF upgrading the Canadian and Australian dollars to "official" reserve currency status is a recognition of reality. ...
  96. America's Decreasing Economic Mobility

    Though it increased for decades following World War II, real median family income has dropped since the 1970s.
  97. The Link Between The Fed, Money, Debt And Taxes

    Assets on the Fed's balance sheet, money supply level, national debt level and economic production should be maintained in ...
  98. Why Germany Is The Economic Powerhouse Of The Eurozone

    There's little denying that Germany is the boss of the eurozone. Discover what sets it apart from the rest of Europe.
  99. The 5 Most Economically-Free Countries In The World

    Here are the top five from the Heritage Foundation's influential 2012 ranking of the most economically-free countries.
  100. TARP 4 Years Later - How Did It All Work Out?

    The TARP program is estimated to cost taxpayers about $32 billion, much less than the OMB's reported estimate.
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