Economics Articles

  1. How Retirees Should Approach Interest Rate Hikes

    Here's what retirees can do if interest rates rise.
  2. 10 Most Influential Chinese Companies

    Chinese companies are becoming influential global players. Investopedia provides a list of most influential companies in ...
  3. How Interest Rates Work on Savings Accounts

    Here's what you need to know to grow your rainy-day fund.
  4. The Best and Worst Countries to Find a Job

    Which countries have the lowest and highest unemployment rates? The answers might surprise you.
  5. 8 Ways To Seriously Blow It With A Headhunter

    Job hunters, beware. These are the 8 things that blow your chances with headhunters. So pay attention to your behavior when ...
  6. 7 Ways To Make Executive Recruiters Notice You

    Yes, you can go after executive recruiters – but take a sophisticated approach. Here's how.
  7. The Job Hunter's Guide To Headhunters

    Corporations often turn to these outside consultants to fill their executive vacancies. Here's what you need to know about ...
  8. The Advantages of Investing in Art & Collectibles

    Investing in collectibles can be profitable and fun, and can offer tax benefits for some.
  9. 11 Big Stocks Hated by Analysts

    These 11 stocks get the lowest rating from Wall Street, but some are worse than others.
  10. Improving Employment Data And Your Paycheck

    Wages are beginning to grow in earnest, and if you believe the CPI, inflation is nowhere in sight. People who had given up ...
  11. Stocks and ETFs for a Teetering Stock Market (UUP, GIS)

    Here's what investors should do when the stock market is teetering.
  12. Effects Of Interest Rate Hikes On Private Equity

    Private Equity firms would be wise to lock in current interest rates on their debt payments in anticipation of rate hikes. ...
  13. Why Being Poor Is So Expensive

    The less you earn, the more you're likely to spend for the everyday necessities of life.
  14. Will You See Higher Wages In 2015?

    It's been a few years into the economic recovery from the Great Recession, and the employment picture has been rocky.
  15. How Inflation Affects Your Cost of Living

    How will your wallet be impacted by inflation?
  16. What Do the Federal Reserve Banks Do?

    These 12 regional banks are involved with four general tasks: formulate monetary policy, supervise financial institutions, ...
  17. 9 Junk Bond ETFs You Should Eye Right Now (HYG, JNK)

    Volatility aside, there’s still some value left in high yield bonds. Pending rate increases shouldn’t effect junk as gravely ...
  18. When and How Can Spread Betting Be Profitable

    Providing tax-free income in some countries, spread betting can be highly profitable. Investopedia provides important points ...
  19. The Importance Of LIBOR In Financial Markets

    What is LIBOR and why are its interest rates so important to the financial markets?
  20. 5 Secrets You Didn't Know About Mortgages

    Being savvy about the ins and outs of mortgages can mean big savings in the long term.
  21. Is Smaller Better When Investing Overseas?

    When it comes to global stocks think small (and not in a market-cap sense). Smaller developed nations have outperformed larger ...
  22. Google Is Now Richer Than Over 100 Countries

    Find out where Google ranks among the wealthiest nations of the world and which countries report GDP figures below the tech ...
  23. Comparing Impact Investing & Venture Philanthropy

    Impact investing and venture philanthropy might be similar, but there are differences and one is more popular than the other ...
  24. Impact Investing: How it Works and How to Invest

    Impact investing makes a positive impact, socially and/or environmentally, while also aiming to produce positive returns, ...
  25. How Tornadoes Impact The Economy

    Although most would agree that tornadoes and natural disasters are a very undesirable form of economic stimulus many economists ...
  26. Is Now the Time to Bet on Vacation Spending?

    As Americans embark on summer trips, investors can benefit by adding exposure to the travel and leisure sector.
  27. Why Israel Is Attracting Chinese Investors (BIDU)

    Chinese investment in Israel has taken off since 2011. What opportunities do Chinese investors see in the country, and what ...
  28. How Embargoes Affect International Business (XOM, BP)

    One nations may impose an embargo against another as a tool of diplomacy. But it's businesses on both sides of the border ...
  29. 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.
  30. How To Buy Options On the Dow Jones

    We show why buying options on the Dow Jones is a good alternative to trading the exchange-traded fund.
  31. Abenomics Vs. Quantitative Easing: Which Works Best?

    Abenomics and QE are versions of extraordinary stimulus measures initiated by the Japanese government and the U.S government, ...
  32. East Coast Vs. West Coast, Who Rules The U.S Economy?

    The East’s focus on finance and banking contrasts the West’s drive toward technological innovation. But one thing is clear--each ...
  33. A Look at The U.S Shale Oil Production Industry

    A convergence of sustained bank financing, falling production costs and rising oil prices might position the US shale industry ...
  34. Why You Should Avoid Fixating on Bond Duration

    Financial advisors and their clients should then focus on a bond fund’s portfolio rather than relying on any single metric ...
  35. What Makes the EUR/USD A Risky Trade Now?

    What are the current risks of trading the EUR/USD pair? The Fed may raise interest rates this summer and the ECB has begun ...
  36. Which Dow Jones Stocks are Safe? Which are Risky?

    In a situation where our sustained bull run could turn into a sell-off rather quickly, here are four somewhat safe Dow stocks ...
  37. Is University Prestige Really That Important?

    Getting into a top school doesn't hurt, but it's not the real driver of who goes on to do well in life, as some provocative ...
  38. What To Expect Following The Tory Triumph

    The decisive Conservative victory in the UK's recent general election removes some of the near-term political uncertainty ...
  39. The EMAG Emerging Mkts Bond ETF: Worth the Risk?

    The Market Vectors Emerging Markets Aggregate Bond ETF (EMAG) might offer long-term rewards, but is now the best time to ...
  40. Can Electric Cars Replace Gas Guzzlers?

    High costs and poor battery performance have deterred many from switching to electric cars, which begs the question: can ...
  41. The Pros & Cons of a Trade Deficit

    Is a trade deficit, also known as a current account deficit, beneficial or detrimental to a country's economy?
  42. How & Why Interest Rates Affect Options

    The Fed is expected to change interest rates soon. We explain how a change in interest rates impacts option valuations.
  43. How To Calculate The GDP Of A Country

    We explain how to calculate the GDP of a country using two different approaches.
  44. The 5 Countries With The Lowest Interest Rates

    Interest rates in many nations are at record low levels as of May 2015. We look at the five nations with the lowest rates. ...
  45. Impact of Low Oil Prices on Oil Sellers and Buyers

    The impact of the fall in oil prices globally is nuanced due to the complex economies of some countries --some of which are ...
  46. Dos And Don'ts Of Selling A House

    Tips for selling your house in the shortest time possible and for the best price
  47. The Gold Standard Versus Fiat Currency

    What do "gold standard" and "fiat system" mean for currencies and economies? Investopedia explores the history of the gold ...
  48. Japan's Heavy Exposure to Rising Rates

    While Japan has seen falling interest rates for over two decades, quantitative easing could mean this is about change. Just ...
  49. Will Higher Interest Rates Crush Real Estate?

    The Federal Reserve isn’t likely to raise interest rates until at least September, but real estate investors shouldn’t ignore ...
  50. Fundamentals Of How Brazil Makes Its Money

    While it has an abundance of resources, including people, Brazil needs to begin to refocus its management and development ...
  51. Countries Most Affected By A Strong U.S. Dollar

    The U.S. dollar is still the most important currency in the world. It's used for trade, foreign reserves, and as a substitute ...
  52. The Most Competitive Industries For New Graduates

    Graduating from college is an exciting yet uncertain time for many students, as the overall job market is becoming more complex ...
  53. 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: ...
  54. Interest Rate Arbitrage Strategy: How It Works

    Changes in interest rates can give rise to arbitrage opportunities that, while short-lived, can be very lucrative for traders ...
  55. How Is The GDP Of India Calculated?

    India is a front-runner among developing economies. Investopedia explains how India calculates its GDP, an indicator of economic ...
  56. Who Produces The World's Food

    We look at the top producers of the world's food basket.
  57. How & Why Interest Rates Affect Futures

    There are at least four factors that affect change in futures prices, including risk free-interest rates, particularly in ...
  58. Putin Says Russian Economy Healing - Is He Right? (RSX, RBL)

    Putin claims the Russian economy has turned the corner. Is he right or is it just the oil price?
  59. The 5 Industries Driving the U.S Economy

    Jobs are being created by the millions, wage growth is picking up and foreign trade is only 30% of the nation’s GDP.
  60. How the UK Makes Money

    The United Kingdom has one of the strongest economies in the world thanks to the strength of its services, manufacturing ...
  61. Current Countries Under A Western Embargo

    We look at which countries the United States and European Union have imposed an imposed embargoes on and why.
  62. How The GDP Of The US Is Calculated

    The US GDP may not be a perfect economic measure, but the ability to compare it to prior periods and other countries makes ...
  63. Will Tesla Cars Ever Be Affordable? (TSLA)

    Tesla cars are highly sought after, but also command a very high price tag.
  64. Weak Oil, Sanctions' Bite, Mean Misery for Russia

    Low oil prices, coupled with crippling sanctions, will mean Russia will suffer declining growth and vicious inflation for ...
  65. Fundamentals Of How Canada Makes Its Money

    In terms of industry, Canada is best known for oil and gas production, but the second largest country in the world has quite ...
  66. How China's GDP Is Calculated

    China is the world’s second-largest economy based on its GDP figures. Investopedia explains the methodology behind China’s ...
  67. Is Organic Really Worth The Extra Money?

    It's the shopping decision that seems to pit thrift against family health. Find out when buying "organic" matters most.
  68. How To Trade Orange Juice Options

    How do orange juice options work and which factors determine the orange juice valuations? Here's a sneak peak into the world ...
  69. Best ETFs for Inflationary Worries

    Inflation may have been muted over the last few years, but that doesn’t mean investors should forget about it.
  70. China And The Maritime Silk Road

    We provide an overview of China's planned Maritime Silk Road.
  71. What Is A Currency War And How Does It Work?

    We look at what a currency war is, what factors may lead to it, the impacts of such a strategy, and whether there is a currency ...
  72. Gambling on Macau: Too Risky?

    Macau was once heralded as the new Las Vegas for casino investors. Is it too late?
  73. Is Germany Carrying The European Economy?

    Germany has been widely viewed as the economic catalyst and stabilizer for the European Union and for good reason.
  74. Can The U.S Close Its Trade Deficit?

    The stronger dollar could have increased the U.S. trade deficit. Instead, economic growth issues abroad and falling oil prices ...
  75. Why Is The Federal Reserve Independent?

    An overview of the independent status of the Federal Reserve and arguments for and against it.
  76. An Analysis Of The US Trade Deficit

    The United States' trade deficit is historically large, the biggest in the world. With luck, it'll get even larger.
  77. How A Greece Crisis Affects The U.S.

    Greece's ongoing financial crisis poses a threat to the nascent U.S. economic recovery due to the latter's close ties with ...
  78. A Risky Maneuver To Jumpstart Japan's Economy

    Japan's government and the Bank of Japan are buying large amounts of government bonds in an effort to spark economic activity, ...
  79. North Korean Vs. South Korean Economies

    North Korea's economy is defined by its military ambitions and the humanitarian aid it receives, while South Korea is a world ...
  80. What Are IMF Special Drawing Rights?

    Technically, the SDR is neither a currency, nor a claim on the IMF itself.
  81. Top Investments for a Strong U.S. Dollar

    Looking to benefit from a strong U.S. dollar? Consider these stocks.
  82. The Fed's Impact On Emerging Markets

    Higher US interest rates could make it more expensive for emerging market borrowers to service their debt commitments.
  83. Benefits From A Tango Of China-US Trade and Debt

    China has been accumulating US debt for many decades. Here's why it continues to do so, and the risks and benefits of this ...
  84. Why The Swiss Franc Is So Strong

    We look at the recent and historic strength of the Swiss franc, as well as recent actions by the Swiss National Bank.
  85. Top US Housing Market Indicators

    A quick overview of the top economic indicators to track the housing market in the US.
  86. A Trader's Look at the S&P 500

    Moving averages are sending an important signal, and it's probably not what you think.
  87. Top U.S. Cities For The College Class of '15

    Look for a city with a low unemployment rate, a high number of job opportunities, a sizable job market and good starting ...
  88. How Microeconomics Affects Everyday Life

    Microeconomics is the study of how individuals and businesses make decisions to maximize satisfaction. Microeconomic principles ...
  89. Why Are Tesla Cars So Expensive?

    What makes Tesla cars so expensive? Short supply and pricey parts is a good place to start.
  90. Is Now the Right Time to Buy a House?

    Thinking of buying a home? Consider these factors first.
  91. Top ETFs Tracking the U.S. Economy

    Bullish about the U.S. Economy? Consider these ETFs.
  92. Asian LNG Prices: Not Likely To Rise Anytime Soon

    Asian LNG prices could stay low for an extended period of time, due to low oil prices, less demand and new LNG-producing ...
  93. Is Quantitative Easing Destroying The Euro?

    Quantitative easing being undertaken by the ECB to stabilize the Eurozone economies is sure to have some impact in decreasing ...
  94. Why Gold's Price is More than 'Supply and Demand'

    The price of gold is moved by a combination of factors. But the way they work together is sometimes counterintuitive.
  95. What is Zero Interest-Rate Policy (ZIRP)?

    In the years following the financial crisis, several central banks have turned to zero interest-rate policy to aid economic ...
  96. Bulk Shipping Companies Struggle As Markets Soften

    The "soft" dry bulk shipping market that confronts shipping companies is a result of lower demand from China, and an excessive ...
  97. Just Graduated? How To Find The Best Career

    No single career is "best" for everyone. But here's how to identify where the good jobs are, and how to launch yourself onto ...
  98. Venezuela Teeters On Edge As Oil Revenues Shrink

    Low oil prices have drastically revised the economic status quo -- dealing a destabilizing blow to oil-exporters like Venezuela ...
  99. What Must The UK Do To Keep North Sea Oil Afloat?

    The UK government may need to take drastic action to ensure the viability of UK North Sea offshore oil production amid high ...
  100. Gas Dispute Poses Risks For Both The EU And Russia

    The Russia-Ukraine gas dispute has caused energy insecurity for the EU, which is seeking new gas suppliers, and market uncertainty ...
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