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  1. Are Oil Prices Helping Or Affecting Global Economy?

    U.S. economy continues to improve, pushing U.S. stocks to another record close and suggesting that the Fed should start normalizing ...
  2. Ever Wanted to Own International Stocks? Here's How

    Tips and strategies for users to trade in different exchanges around the world.
  3. Interested In Latin America? Eye These ETFs

    These ETFs are an excellent place to start for any investor interested in betting on Latin America.
  4. Who Uses Libor Data And Why?

    LIBOR is a crucial benchmark reference rate with global economic impact.
  5. Hong Kong And China's Touchy Ties

    Though Hong Kong and China have strong economic ties, Hong Kongers who have lived under the British influence are wary about ...
  6. How Is Europe Affecting The Martkets?

    Quantitative easing in Europe is coming, but too slowly to avert a severe slowdown and perhaps even a hard landing.
  7. Eyeing China? Consider These Economic Indicators

    If you're considering investing in China and want to know when to buy, sell, hold or stay away, consider these economic indicators.
  8. Tips To Beat Inflation For Near-Retireees

    How can investors close to retirement protect the purchasing power of their savings? Here are some tips for near-retirees ...
  9. SIC Vs. NAIC -An Introduction To Industry Classification Codes

    Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes and the more recent NAICS codes are crucial to classifying data to measure ...
  10. Inflation And Your Retirement

    When you're setting financial goals and saving for retirement, don't forget to factor in inflation. Here's how to fight back ...
  11. How A Limited Government Affects A Country's Finances

    Countries with limited governments have fewer laws about what individuals and businesses can and can’t do. What's the net ...
  12. How China and Taiwan Run Their Economies Amidst Historic Tensions

    Taiwan grapples with diplomatic isolation while issues regarding its status remain unresolved and so does the question of ...
  13. The Best 4 Places To Invest In Latin America

    Far from stagnant growth, crushing inflation or political instability, these Latin American nations deserve consideration ...
  14. End of Fed's Bond-Buying Program: 7 Things To Know

    This article helps investors understand the economic and financial effects that result when a central bank (like the Fed) ...
  15. Where NOT To Invest in Latin America

    Venezuela has more oil than anyone, and Brazil and Argentina have lots going for them, too, so why can't they get out of ...
  16. Understanding The Treasury Yield Curve Rates

    Treasury yield curves are a leading indicator for the future state of the economy and interest rates.
  17. Top Tools for ERP Enterprise Resource Planning

    Top tools used in Enterprise Resource Planning with its characteristics - Explaining the main tools companies use when using ...
  18. What You Should Know About Hong Kong SAR

    You might know that Hong Kong is both a bastion of capitalism separate from (but also administered by) socialist China. How ...
  19. Three Reasons Why Interest Rates Could Stay Low

    With long-term rates expectations in the US to modestly climb in the near future, interest rates are likely to remain low ...
  20. China's GDP Examined: A Service-Sector Surge

    China's economy has surged over the last several decades but still has a ways to go to modernize. Here's a look.
  21. Success: Hard Work Or Good Fortune?

    Any success that I may have had as a freelancer has been mostly hard work, but auspicious timing and lucky breaks have also ...
  22. The Enduring Importance Of The DJIA

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) continues to be an important indicator of the economy, though some say the DJIA doesn't ...
  23. The Top Reasons Behind The U.S. National Debt

    National debt, as with a business, is basically the difference between receipts and expenses--but in the U.S., the latter ...
  24. 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.
  25. Lifestyle Inflation: Decide If It's Ever Okay

    I recently started sorting out my thoughts whether lifestyle inflation is ever okay and, if so, how do you decide when it ...
  26. The World's Lowest Cost of Living for Retirement

    6 countries that offer a high quality of living at a low cost for retirees. Great healthcare, plenty of activities, warm ...
  27. The Fear And Greed Cycle Lives On

    The last few years in the market have been an interesting experiment in psychological conditioning and overall complacency. ...
  28. Where Unemployment Hits Hardest

    A look at the demographics of unemployment, and what that means for workers around the nation.
  29. Why Did ETFs Become So Popular?

    How long should a buy-n-hold investor “hold?” If you held the Dow Jones Industrials Average from 1916 - 1981, would you have ...
  30. Understanding World Bank Data

    Developing countries can't always afford to track the data crucial to setting the right economic policies and programs. That's ...
  31. Understanding Benchmark Oils: Brent Blend, WTI and Dubai

    Most crude oil prices worldwide are pegged to the influential Brent, WTI or Dubai/Oman benchmarks.
  32. 6 Ways To Jump-Start Your Savings Account

    While Americans have succeeded at paying some of their debt over the past years, the median household's savings have declined ...
  33. TIPS Are Unloved And Under-Owned

    Do you use protection? Because based on the recent, wild action in the markets, it seems as though many people have been ...
  34. India Is Eclipsing China's Economy As Brightest BRIC Star

    It seems fitting that on the occasion of Diwali – the Hindu “festival of lights” – India should emerge as the brightest star ...
  35. Are Countries Leaving The EU?

    During the 20th century, following the United States’ footsteps, Europe made all attempts to replicate our success and economic ...
  36. Decoding “Normal” Interest Rates

    The Fed (and every other Fed commentator) uses the word “normalization” to describe the upcoming next phase of monetary policy. ...
  37. The Six Things Investors Should Do Now

    FOX Business Network’s Elizabeth MacDonald weighs on The Six Things Investors Should Do Now. Stocks are swinging up and down, ...
  38. A Guide To The Six Sigma Black Belt

    Interested in the Six Sigma Black Belt but unsure whether you need one? Here's a guide to it and how it differs from other ...
  39. A Guide To The Six Sigma Green Belt

    Curious about the Six Sigma Green Belt? Here's what you need to know.
  40. Lognormal and Normal Distribution

    When and why do you use lognormal distribution or normal distribution for analyzing securities? Lognormal for stocks, normal ...
  41. The 5 Things You Never Knew About Auto Loan Rates

    Buying a new car is an important decision, and if you're a savvy auto buyer, you know that getting a good deal involves more ...
  42. Saving Money Or Paying Off Debt?

    When choosing between blasting through debt and establishing precautionary funds in case of an emergency, the right course ...
  43. All Your Questions About Loan Interest Rates

    If you think interest rates don’t really matter -- think again. Interest rates have a huge impact on your finances.
  44. Portfolio Moves To Make Before The End Of 2014

    With three months left to go, it makes sense to review your portfolio to make sure you’re prepared for what’s likely in store ...
  45. Catch The Uranium Rebound

    A strike in the late summer gave the uranium industry a boost. Workers protested for two weeks at the McArthur River and ...
  46. The Importance Of U.S. Treasury Rates

    U.S. Treasury bond interest rates affect more than just bondholders! It impacts the day to day lives of all consumers.
  47. Ebola's Economic Impacts on Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea

    A summary analysis of projections of how the Ebola outbreak will affect the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
  48. Why The 10 Year US Treasury Rates Matter

    You might think of Treasury bonds as boring investments, but their yields are important indicators of the economy as a whole.
  49. 3 Ways To Cheat Government Assistance Programs

    Government assistance programs are designed to give struggling Americans access to basic needs like health care, food and ...
  50. Using Normal Distribution Formula To Optimize Your Portfolio

    Normal or bell curve distribution can be used in portfolio theory to help portfolio managers maximize return and minimize ...
  51. Buffett: High Interest Rates Make Stocks Worthless

    When it comes to deciding where to invest, the stock market is a no-brainer for Warren Buffett.
  52. The World Bank's All-Important World Development Indicators (WDI)

    The World Development Indicators are the world's economic scorecards: they evaluate where nearly every country stands and ...
  53. A Good time to Check Your Bond Portfolio

    Bond market and currency volatility have been on the rise lately, leaving many investors wondering what they should do in ...
  54. The Normal Distribution Table, Explained

    The normal distribution formula is based on two simple parameters - mean and standard deviation
  55. 5 Signs Of A Sooner-Than-Expected Fed Rate Hike

    Market observers are parsing every comment from the Federal Reserve (Fed)’s most recent statement and Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s ...
  56. Three Reasons To Consider EM Asia

    While the economic and monetary environment remains supportive of equity markets, not all stocks have been benefiting lately.
  57. Preparing Your ETF Portfolio For Increased Volatility

    HSBC’s PMI for the Chinese economy rose to 50.5 from a final reading of 50.2 in August. The manufacturing sector is expanding, ...
  58. The Better Inflation Hedge: Gold or Treasuries?

    Owning gold may not be the best option for hedging against inflation. What else, then? Try treasuries or gold ETFs.
  59. How The Bureau Of Labor Statistics Works

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the primary statistical agency for the U.S. federal government in labor economics ...
  60. Kaizen: An American Idea Gets A Japanese Makeover

    This manufacturing philosophy – made famous by the likes of Toyota – had its start in postwar Japan with an American statistician.
  61. Reduce Your Allocation To Small Cap U.S Stock ETFs

    The Wall Street media may celebrate the 35% intra-day jump in Alibaba shares. They may tout the record highs in the Dow and ...
  62. Can Investors Trust Official Statistics?

    The official statistics in some countries need to be taken with a grain of salt. Find out why you should be skeptical.
  63. Hypothesis Testing in Finance: Concept & Examples

    When you're indecisive about an investment, the best way to keep a cool head might be test various hypotheses using the most ...
  64. How Your Finances Compare To The Average American

    The phrase personal finance is pretty apt; your budget, financial goals and income are all unique to you, but there are some ...
  65. Basics Of The Binomial Distribution

    Despite the fancy-sounding name, you already understand the Binomial Distribution, and you can use it to make money. Ready? ...
  66. The U.S. National Spending And Debt

    Just like any average American household, government overspending can carry on for extended periods by rolling over debt ...
  67. Successful Ways That Governments Reduce Federal Debt

    Governments have many options when trying to reduce debt, and throughout history some of them have actually worked.
  68. Using Historical Volatility To Gauge Future Risk

    Use these calculations to uncover the risk involved in your investments.
  69. Strategies And Secrets Of High Frequency Trading (HFT) Firms

    Secrecy, strategy and speed are the words that best define high-frequency trading (HFT) firms.
  70. How Influential Economists Changed Our History

    Find out how these five groundbreaking thinkers laid our financial foundations.
  71. The Dark Side Of The WTO

    The World Trade Organization has its share of detractors. Find out why this international entity has such harsh critics. ...
  72. Investment Misselling A Global Problem

    When banks and advisors focus on fees and commissions, it is investors and the market that take the hit.
  73. How Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Were Saved

    These mortgage giants had to be put under government conservatorship, driving home the gravity of the subprime crisis.
  74. Coping With Inflation Risk

    Inflation is less dramatic than a crash, but it can be more devastating to your portfolio.
  75. The Economics Of Labor Mobility

    Loosening labor restrictions has both good and bad effects for a country and its workers.
  76. Examining The Phillips Curve

    This model depicts an inverse relationship between unemployment and wage inflation, but is it accurate?
  77. Leveraging Leverage For Bigger Profits

    Leverage is like fire. Find out how to use it to heat up your investing without burning your portfolio.
  78. The Causes And Effects Of Credit Shocks

    These shocks cycle through history. Find out what you need to know to avoid the alarm bells.
  79. Combating Retirement's Silent Killer: Inflation

    Inflation can devour a once secure nest egg. Learn how to protect yours.
  80. How To Lie With Financial Statistics

    Can you really trust what the financial services industry puts out? We tell about some tricks that hide the truth.
  81. What Is Fiscal Policy?

    Learn how governments adjust taxes and spending to moderate the economy.
  82. What Is Opportunity Cost And Why Does It Matter?

    Economists suggest that the "opportunity cost" of any decision, the value of the next-best alternative, is crucial to making ...
  83. The Treasury And The Federal Reserve

    Find out how these two agencies create policies to stimulate the economy in tough economic times.
  84. Competitive Advantage Counts

    What's the best indicator of a company's future success? Its ability to succeed when others fail.
  85. 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.
  86. The Scottish Referendum & Fed News For Investors

    Last week’s stock losses were a reflection of investors looking to two big news events: the Scottish independence vote and ...
  87. What Are The Odds Of Scoring A Winning Trade?

    Just because you're on a winning streak doesn't mean you're a skilled trader. Find out why.
  88. Countries With The Highest Fracking Potential

    Is fracking a "necessary evil," as some believe? Here are some countries with huge fracking potential--and what they stand ...
  89. 5 Lessons From The Recession

    The bear market of 2008 was a game-changer for many investors. Find out what lessons you can take away from it.
  90. Adam Smith And "The Wealth Of Nations"

    Adam Smith's 1776 classic may have had the largest global impact on economic thought.
  91. The Austrian School Of Economics

    Investopedia explains: If you think economists are only concerned with numbers, check out the Austrian School, who are more ...
  92. 10 Common Financial Terms Every Newbie Needs To Know

    In order to get a better understanding of what you read in markets news, we’ll briefly explore the terms you commonly encounter.
  93. Boom or Bust? The End of China's One-Child Policy

    China's easing of its one-child policy has demographers speculating whether it'll lead to a baby boom. Here's why it might ...
  94. Investing Implications Of An Uneven Global Economy

    As last week’s non-farm payroll report illustrated, the recovery – both in and outside the United States – remains a grudging, ...
  95. Putting The Decline Of European ETFs In Context

    European ETFs have experienced a difficult summer amid a faltering currency and central bank that is scrambling to implement ...
  96. A Primer On Reserve Currencies

    For nearly a century, the U.S. dollar has served as the world's premier reserve currency, but the future is uncertain.
  97. A Review Of Past Recessions

    Here we look at the biggest economic declines in the U.S. since the Great Depression.
  98. Is Growth Always A Good Thing?

    Getting big quickly looks good, but companies can get into trouble when they do it too fast. Find out how to spot this trouble. ...
  99. Top Ranking Nations By HNWI

    The United States, Japan and Germany together make up 53.3% of the total worldwide high net worth individual population. ...
  100. Is Your Stock Headed South?

    Don't let your portfolio go with it! Find out which signs to watch out for.
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