Economics Articles

  1. Three Portfolio Moves To Consider Now

    What portfolio moves should you consider making as the 2nd quarter kicks off? Before we focus on the future, let’s first ...
  2. The Labor Market Recovery’s Missing Ingredient

    Job creation is running at the fastest pace since the 90s, and there is some evidence that wage growth is finally starting ...
  3. Gambling on Macau: Too Risky?

    Macau was once heralded as the new Las Vegas for casino investors. Is it too late?
  4. Pockets Of Value In The Stock Market

    U.S. stocks benefited from signs the Fed’s path toward higher interest rates, as well as from continued merger-and-acquisition ...
  5. When To Expect Fed Liftoff Now

    “When will the Fed raise interest rates?” That has been the question of many investors since the Fed indicated it was prepared ...
  6. 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.
  7. 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 ...
  8. Why Is The Federal Reserve Independent?

    An overview of the independent status of the Federal Reserve and arguments for and against it.
  9. 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.
  10. Using Technology To Tune Out Market Noise

    Today’s technology-centric culture allows us to have access to information anytime. As investors, we can be informed of market ...
  11. When Will The Bull Market End?

    A few weeks ago, the current bull market celebrated its sixth anniversary, making it one of the longest in history.
  12. Where To Search For Yield Today

    It’s hard to miss that there has been a pronounced slowdown in the U.S. economy this year.
  13. The Implications Of Negative Interest Rates

    If financial theory is grounded in one principal, it would be the that individuals prefer consumption today over consumption ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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, ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. What Are IMF Special Drawing Rights?

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

    Looking to benefit from a strong U.S. dollar? Consider these stocks.
  19. 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.
  20. Can Europe’s QE Be A Stimulus For U.S. Investors?

    Finding value in today’s markets has been difficult, so many investors are turning to opportunities outside of the U.S. But ...
  21. 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 ...
  22. Welcome Back, Volatility

    Volatility is likely to resurface as the Federal Reserve gets closer to adjusting its monetary policy stance, even if that ...
  23. 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.
  24. Top US Housing Market Indicators

    A quick overview of the top economic indicators to track the housing market in the US.
  25. What Is The Labor Market Conundrum?

    We are facing a conundrum with investment implications: Why are wages still stagnant, when jobs are being created at the ...
  26. A Trader's Look at the S&P 500

    Moving averages are sending an important signal, and it's probably not what you think.
  27. 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 ...
  28. How Microeconomics Affects Everyday Life

    Microeconomics is the study of how individuals and businesses make decisions to maximize satisfaction. Microeconomic principles ...
  29. GLD vs. IAU: Which Gold ETF is Better?

    Looking to play gold with ETFs? A look at SPDR Gold Trust Shares (GLD) versus iShs Gold Trust Trust Units (IAU).
  30. Why Are Tesla Cars So Expensive?

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

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

    Bullish about the U.S. Economy? Consider these ETFs.
  33. What Do You Need To Know About Inflation?

    When it comes to inflation, there is no shortage of opinions: one side argues the Fed should raise rates, and the opposition ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. What’s Missing For A Turnaround In Brazil?

    Today, many investors have written off Brazil following several years of poor performance, decelerating growth and chronically ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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.
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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 ...
  40. 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 ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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 ...
  44. The Fundamentals of Draghinomics

    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has introduced a set of reforms aimed at reviving the eurozone economy.
  45. Is Holding Cash Making You Lose Money?

    Six years into one of the better bull markets of the modern era, retail investors are still holding onto a lot of cash: 4 ...
  46. The Top 6 Ways Governments Fight Deflation

    Here are six monetary and fiscal policy tools that governments use to fight deflation.
  47. The Fundamentals Of Abenomics

    Abenomics is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive, three-pillared economic policy.
  48. The Top Ten Economic Indicators In The UK

    We list below ten key economic indicators for the United Kingdom, the world’s 6th-largest economy.
  49. How Two Harbors' Derivatives Work?

    Mortgage REITs, like Two Harbors , have cut their dividend payments as interest rate trends have eaten into profitability ...
  50. Is Prospect Capital Exposed To Elevated Losses?

    According to a federal government report, the quality of leveraged loans has begun to deteriorate. Prospect Capital specializes ...
  51. The Perks of Trading Coffee Options

    As more people begin to trade coffee, we explain how coffee options work, who uses them, what drives valuations, and the ...
  52. These 4 Precious Metals ETFs Help Combat Inflation

    A look at 4 precious metal ETFs to combat inflation when it hits.
  53. The Most Important Technical Indicators For Binary Options

    Trading binary options is not for the novice, but if you're ready to delve in, get to know the best technical indicators.
  54. Does A Junk Rating Reflect Russia's Fundamentals?

    Moody’s, like other credit rating agencies, has downgraded Russia’s sovereign debt rating to non-investment grade, but does ...
  55. What Would Happen If Interest Rates Rise?

    This time around, while U.S. long-term yields have rebounded from their January lows, rates have generally been lower than ...
  56. Strategies To Position Your Bond Portfolio

    Fixed income investors may not be able to see them all right now, but important trends are stirring on the investment horizon.
  57. The Impact Of Ending The US Embargo On Cuba

    Many argue that ending the US embargo on Cuba will not only make US consumers happy, but also help the US economy and bring ...
  58. This Is A Small Country With Huge Potential to Grow

    Trinidad and Tobago's increased revenue and economic success have been primarily generated by its energy sector, but it still ...
  59. Janet Yellen Vs. Alan Greenspan: Who Is The Better Fed Head?

    We examine how these two histories Fed chairpeople differ and the impact of their views and actions on the world economy.
  60. Is The US Dependence On Foreign Oil Necessarily A Bad Thing?

    We examine the myths and facts about US dependence upon foreign oil.
  61. The Impact Of Venezuela's Bolivar Exchange Rates

    Venezuela's complex exchange rate system has been a major cause of its economic woes. We examine the impacts, and the supply ...
  62. A Ban On SWIFT Could Hit Russia Where It Hurts Most (MA, V)

    A SWIFT ban on Russia could have a crippling effect on its debt-servicing ability and overall economy, and just might force ...
  63. Higher Oil Prices On the Horizon? Maybe Not.

    Despite a decision by some oil companies to reduce the overall supply of oil, a sustained ascent in oil prices might not ...
  64. How To Take Advantage Of A Stronger U.S. Dollar?

    If you are invested in the market, you will feel the effects of a stronger dollar, especially if overseas interests are part ...
  65. How Your Government's Budgetary Decisions Impact the Public Sector

    Issues facing the public sector are not unlike some issues facing America’s oldest and largest companies, but with larger ...
  66. The Healthiest Emerging Markets in 2015

    2014 was a rough year for several well-known emerging market economies. This year is likely to be better for a select few.
  67. Does Quantitative Easing Work?

    The US, Japan, and now the EU have embraced quantitative easing. But what works for the economy of one country doesn't necessarily ...
  68. Afraid Of A New Financial Crisis?

    It may be time for the U.S. to adopt a model for financial companies that better deters risky financial behavior.
  69. Axis and Allies: US And EU Sanctions Against North Korea

    A look at the sanctions imposed by United States and the European Union on North Korea, along with their effectiveness.
  70. What Drives Consumer Demand for Tesla?

    Tesla did not invent the electric vehicle market, but it has brought to it elements of luxury and elite status. But what ...
  71. The Canadian Economy, At A Glance

    The 12 economic indicators described here together provide a comprehensive picture of the state of the Canadian economy. ...
  72. Canadian Dollar Continues To Drop, But Why?

    The Canadian dollar-US dollar exchange rate is positively related to oil prices partly due to crude oil's big share of Canada's ...
  73. How Quantitative Easing Affects the Labor Market

    The Federal Reserve used quantitative easing to aid economic growth. QE has impacted many areas, including the labor market, ...
  74. The Best ETFs to Play 2015's Housing Rebound

    Housing starts will likely rise about 20% this year, reviving the recovery. Stocks and ETFs have already begun to move.
  75. TIPS ETFs: No Inflation, No Reason to Buy

    No inflation means there's no reason to buy TIPS ETFs.
  76. China: North Korea's One-Stop Economic Shop

    China is essentially North Korea's only trading partner, a one-stop solution for North Korea's economic needs.
  77. How To Pick The Right Lender When Refinancing A Mortgage

    Refinancing your mortgage has never been easier with the range of lenders and access to information that are available to ...
  78. Will Alex Tsipras Change The European Economy?

    A debt default and a Euro exit by Greece's leaders would likely cause more harm to Greece's economy than to the EU, of which ...
  79. Top Ten US Economic Indicators

    We explain the most important economic indicators for the US economy.
  80. What to Expect After the Swiss Currency Shock

    What to expect for the world economy after the Swiss currency shock.
  81. The Constant Crisis Of The North Korea Economy

    A peek into the secretive and totalitarian economy of North Korea
  82. No Exit: What Could Happen If the Eurozone Breaks Up?

    There is no exit strategy for nations in the eurozone or the EU because most members acknowledge that they are far better ...
  83. What Are The Latest News On The Beer Industry?

    Beer isn’t a traditional commodity, as there are no futures markets associated with it, but it is considered an alternative ...
  84. Reassessing Your Approach To Bond Investing

    Rethinking your fixed-income portfolio may not resonate in quite the same way as dropping 10 pounds or finally giving up ...
  85. Corporate Bonds and the Impact of Inflation Risk

    The impact of inflation risk affecting corporate bond returns can be significant. It may even result in a real loss of purchasing ...
  86. How Demographics Drive The Economy

    Demographics can have a profound effect on the economy. An aging population coupled with a declining birthrate points to ...
  87. The Economic and Social Effects of Corruption

    Corruption results in inefficiencies in the operations of emerging economies, and prevents such economies from reaching the ...
  88. Five Successful Investing Strategies

    The secret to investing is that there is no secret. Success is all about knowing yourself, getting the basics and using both ...
  89. The Economic Fundamentals Of The Sharing Economy

    The sharing economy is reshaping how businesses and consumers interact with each other by lowering costs and increasing operational ...
  90. Sanctions & Falling Oil Prices Hit Ruble Hard

    Russia, through its aggressive actions, has brought upon itself sanctions which, coupled with falling oil prices, have adversely ...
  91. How Mukesh Ambani Has Expanded Reliance Industry

    Mukesh Ambani has expanded Reliance Industries and increased its revenues, but his public image, and that of his company, ...
  92. The Economic Impact of Better US-Cuba Relations (DAL, AAL)

    We examine what the normalization of relations between the US and Cuba will mean for the two countries' economies.
  93. Arbitrage Opportunities in Spread Betting

    While the opportunities are few and far between, investors may use arbitrage to take advantage of price differences in financial ...
  94. How US & European Union Sanctions Are Crippling Russia

    Economic sanctions imposed by the US and EU on Russia are having a crippling effect; the Russian economy shrank for the first ...
  95. The Exciting World Of The Top Spread Betting Brokers

    Spread betting can be fun, but it's risky and you will want a reliable broker. Here are the top spread betting brokers.
  96. 4 Tough Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

    Job interviews can be hard enough. Add tough questions to the mix and it can seem impossible to shine. But there are ways ...
  97. Where To Find Economic Indicator Data For Brazil

    Brazil is known as an emerging economic powerhouse. Here is the list of primary economic indicators and sources to get Brazil's ...
  98. How To Use Technical Indicators To Master Financial Spread Betting

    As a popular tool of investing in the United Kingdom, spread betting encompasses the buying or selling of an underlying asset ...
  99. What Are Your New Year’s Financial Habits?

    By focusing on habits, you will adopt simple, sustainable behaviors that will put you on the path to achieving bigger and ...
  100. Will Stock Market VOOdo Continue?

    The Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO) offers a relatively safe investment opportunity for people who aren't sure which way the market ...
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