Economics Articles

  1. These 5 Books Will Transform the Way You Think

    Just as successful startups disrupt their industries, these writers disrupt our view of the world.
  2. The Basics Of Tariffs And Trade Barriers

    Everything you need to know - from the different types of tariffs to their effects on the local economy.
  3. TLH: iShares 10-20 Year Treasury Bond ETF

    Learn about the iShares 1-20 Year Treasury Bond ETF and its holdings, and understand why investors may be better served to ...
  4. CSM: ProShares Large Cap Core Plus ETF

    Learn information about the ProShares Large Cap Core Plus ETF, and explore detailed analysis of its characteristics, suitability ...
  5. SKYY: First Trust ISE Cloud Computing ETF

    Find out about the First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund, and a explore detailed analysis of its characteristics, suitability ...
  6. The Top 5 Dividend-Paying Financials Stocks for 2016 (WFC, JPM)

    Discover analyses of the top five dividend-paying financial stocks for 2016, and learn why their stock prices and dividends ...
  7. The Unsung Pioneers Of Finance

    We all know names like Rockefeller, but there are other influential pioneers of finance in America's history.
  8. Understanding Benchmark Oils: Brent Blend, WTI and Dubai

    Most crude oil prices worldwide are pegged to the influential Brent, WTI or Dubai/Oman benchmarks.
  9. Is Money in Your Pocket Worth the Same as Your Money in the Bank?

    Cash in your pocket is a different form of money than that in your bank account, and it takes a strong institutional infrastructure ...
  10. FEP: First Trust Europe AlphaDEX ETF

    Learn about the First Trust ISE Europe AlphaDEX Fund, and explore detailed analysis of the ETF that tracks European stocks ...
  11. XLG: Guggenheim Russell Top 50 Mega Cap ETF

    Find out about the Guggenheim Russell Top 50 Index ETF, and read about some recommendations regarding the suitability of ...
  12. Toyota Stock: A Dividend Analysis (TM)

    Learn about Toyota Motor Corporation, its dividend policy, its historic dividend yield in comparison to the company's competitors ...
  13. DBC: PowerShares DB Commodity Tracking ETF

    Find out about the PowerShares DB Commodity Tracking ETF, and explore a detailed analysis of the fund that tracks 14 distinct ...
  14. USL: United States 12 Month Oil ETF

    Find out more information about the United States 12 Month Oil ETF, and explore detailed analysis of the characteristics, ...
  15. UGA: United States Gasoline Fund ETF

    Learn about the United States Gasoline Fund, the characteristics of the exchange-traded fund, and the suitability and recommendations ...
  16. RXI: iShares Globl Consumer Discretionary ETF

    Explore analysis of the iShares Global Consumer Discretionary ETF, and learn about the suitability of this fund that tracks ...
  17. Bretton Woods: How It Changed the World

    While the Bretton Woods system is no longer in place, it fundamentally changed the international monetary order.
  18. FLOT: iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF

    Explore detailed analysis and information of the iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF, and learn how to use this ETF as a defense ...
  19. PPLT: ETFS Physical Platinum ETF

    Learn about the physical platinum ETF. Platinum embarked on a bull market from 2001 to 2011, climbing to record prices along ...
  20. BIB: ProShares Ultra Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF

    Find out information about the ProShares Ultra Nasdaq Biotechnology exchange-traded fund, and learn detailed analysis of ...
  21. CDs Vs. Inflation: Are They Keeping Up?

    Learn how to determine whether the money invested in certificates of deposit (CDs) can keep pace with the rate of inflation ...
  22. BIV: Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF

    Find out about the Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF, and delve into detailed analysis of this fund that invests in investment-grade ...
  23. FGD: First Trust Dow Jones Global Sel Div ETF

    Find out about the First Trust Dow Jones Global Select Dividend Index Fund, and learn detailed information about characteristics ...
  24. 3 Global Economic Challenges for Investors in 2016

    Read about areas of concern for the global economy in 2016. See how China's economy may be slowing down, although it is difficult ...
  25. PRF: PowerShares FTSE RAFI US 1000 ETF

    Find out about the PowerShares FTSE RAFI U.S. 1000 ETF, and explore detailed analysis of the fund that invests in undervalued ...
  26. GSY: Guggenheim Enhanced Short Dur ETF

    Find out about the Guggenheim Enhanced Short Duration ETF, and learn detailed information about this fund that focuses on ...
  27. IGOV: iShares International Treasury Bond ETF

    Find out about the iShares International Treasury Bond ETF, and explore detailed information about this fund that focuses ...
  28. XLF: Select Sector Financial SPDR ETF

    Find out more about the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund, the characteristics of the exchange traded fund, and the suitability ...
  29. SPLV: PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF

    Find out about the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF, and learn detailed information about this fund that provides exposure ...
  30. MTK: SPDR Morgan Stanley Technology ETF

    Find out about the SPDR Morgan Stanley exchange-traded fund, and learn detailed information about its characteristics, suitability ...
  31. 3 Economic Challenges the US Faces in 2016

    Learn about the three biggest challenges facing the U.S. economy heading into 2016, and discover why there are fears of another ...
  32. The Topic We Should All Be Paying Attention to

    As the December Federal Reserve (Fed) meeting nears, discussions and speculation about the precise timing of Fed liftoff ...
  33. Can the Global Economy Keep Going?

    It’s becoming increasingly difficult to make sense of the conflicting signals coming in about the state of the global economy. ...
  34. The Rate Hike: What Investors Should Know

    Advisors will be getting many client questions about the rate hike. Here are some tips on how to address this hot topic.
  35. General Electric's 3 Key Financial Ratios

    Understand the fundamental business reasons behind some of GE's lackluster financial ratios and know how to interpret the ...
  36. 4 Simple Actions to Consider After Fed Liftoff

    This week, after months of anticipation, the Fed initiated its first rate hike in nearly a decade, raising the Fed Funds ...
  37. How Rising Rates Impact Bond Mutual Funds

    The interest rate increase by the Fed was one of the most widely anticipated in history. Here's what it means for bond mutual ...
  38. The Top 5 REITS for 2016

    Read about REITs investors may want to consider for 2016. Understand why investors may want to consider the impact of rising ...
  39. What Is International Trade?

    Everyone's talking about globalization, so we explain what is it and why some oppose it.
  40. AOR: iShares Core Growth Allocation ETF

    Find out about the iShares Core Growth Allocation Fund, and learn detailed information about its characteristics, suitability ...
  41. What Determines Oil Prices?

    Changes in the price of oil aren't arbitrary. Read on to find out what moves them and why.
  42. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Bank of America Stock

    Learn the largest risks to owning Bank of America stock. Discover its outlook through fundamental analysis and external risks ...
  43. DSI: iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social ETF

    Find out about the iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social exchange-traded fund, and learn detailed information about its characteristics, ...
  44. What Are Economies Of Scale?

    Is bigger always better? Read up on the important and often misunderstood concept of economies of scale.
  45. JKL: iShares Morningstar Small-Cap Value ETF

    Find out about the Shares Morningstar Small-Cap Value ETF, and learn detailed information about this exchange-traded fund ...
  46. KBE: SPDR S&P Bank ETF

    Explore analysis of the SPDR S&P Bank ETF, and learn how the ETF tracks the banking sector and how investors can benefit ...
  47. Breaking Down The Geometric Mean

    Understanding portfolio performance, whether for a self-managed, discretionary portfolio or a non-discretionary portfolio, ...
  48. AGZ: iShares Agency Bond ETF

    Find out about the iShares Agency Bond exchange-traded fund, and explore detailed analysis of the ETF that tracks U.S. government ...
  49. IYZ: iShares US Telecommunications ETF

    Explore detailed analysis of the iShares U.S. Telecommunications exchange-traded fund, and learn about the ETF's suitability ...
  50. DWAS: PowerShares DWA SmallCap Momentum ETF

    Find out about the PowerShares DWA SmallCap Momentum Portfolio ETF, and explore detailed analysis the fund's characteristics, ...
  51. SCPB: SPDR Barclays Short Term Corporate Bond ETF

    Learn about the SPDR Barclays Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF, and explore detailed analysis of the exchange-traded fund tracking ...
  52. The Top 5 Financials Sector ETFs for 2016

    Discover detailed analyses of the top five financials sector exchange-traded funds, which may be poised to rise if the Federal ...
  53. What Are Central Banks?

    They print money, they control inflation, and much, much more. All you need to know about central banks is here.
  54. 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 ...
  55. 5 Stocks to Avoid When the Fed Hikes Rates

    Find out why you should avoid these five stocks, especially with expectations that the Federal Reserve will begin raising ...
  56. What a Rate Hike Might Mean for Stocks

    Here's what investors should expect if interest rates rise.
  57. What Is An Emerging Market Economy?

    Emerging markets provide new investment opportunities, but there are risks - both to residents and foreign investors.
  58. Time to Favor TIPS?

    Amid the sluggish economic recovery, investor expectations for future inflation have also moderated, but perhaps by too much.
  59. Star Wars Economics: How The Blockade Of Naboo Transformed The Republic Into The ...

    The Galactic Empire in Star Wars wasn't always so powerful. Intergalactic businesses were always at loggerheads with intergalactiic ...
  60. Three Things to Know About the Remittance Economy

    Up until the turn of this century, remittances were ignored by most economists in development economics. But, the remittance ...
  61. The Top 5 Short-Term Bond ETFs for 2016

    Read about five short-term bond ETFs that investors should consider if the Federal Reserve triggers a rising interest rate ...
  62. The 4 Best Inflation-Protected Funds To Invest In (SCHP)

    Discover how Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS) work, and learn about five funds in this segment that make good ...
  63. 10 Ways to Profit From an Interest Rate Increase

    Discover 10 possible ways that individual investors and businesses can potentially profit from an environment of rising interest ...
  64. Rising Rates: What It'll Mean for Stocks and Bonds

    A look at what rising interest rates could mean for the equity and bond markets.
  65. Emerging Markets: Analyzing Russia's GDP

    Understanding the GDP composition of the world's largest country, Russia.
  66. Will Argentina Default Again?

    Does a Manhattan judge's recent ruling putting Argentina on the hook for $6.1 billion in payments for its sovereign bonds ...
  67. The Largest Oil Companies Make a Pledge to Climate Change

    Here is how ten of the world's largest oil companies prepared for the UN climate change summit happening in Paris this month.
  68. Is Infinite Economic Growth on a Finite Planet Possible?

    While the finite nature of Earth's resources limits the direction of economic growth, it does not mean that infinite economic ...
  69. 5 Executives Who Took on the CEO Role at Multiple Companies

    By analyzing these serial entrepreneurs, we see that key characteristics of successful leaders include nonconformity, perseverance ...
  70. How to Prepare for a Global Economic Slowdown

    Equity markets have held their own over the past year, but it's not difficult to figure out what's going on behind the scenes. ...
  71. Are The Markets Ready For an Interest Rate Increase?

    Learn why the bond market may not necessarily see an interest rate increase soon. Read about how the Federal Reserve will ...
  72. Why Canada's Interest Rates Won't Rise Anytime Soon

    Learn why the Bank of Canada is unlikely to raise interest rates anytime soon despite concerns about a housing market bubble ...
  73. Selling Your House Before an Interest Rate Hike?

    Learn about the potential advantages and disadvantages of selling a home before or after an increase in the national interest ...
  74. Before you Buy that Home: Shop for the Best Loan

    Before even starting to search for a home, the first thing you need to do is get pre-qualified for a home mortgage.
  75. How Interest Rates Affect The Stock Market

    Whether you're buying lunch, a home or a stock, you're influenced by interest rates.
  76. What Is Fiscal Policy?

    Learn how governments adjust taxes and spending to moderate the economy.
  77. The Top 5 High Yield Bond Funds for 2016 (JNK, HYG)

    Learn about mutual funds and ETFs that invest in high-yield bonds. Read about the risks and rewards associated with investing ...
  78. 3 ETFs to Consider Before an Interest Rate Hike (XRLV)

    Learn about potential impacts of the Federal Reserve boosting interest rates and three ETFs that can help you capitalize ...
  79. The Most Important Factors that Affect Mortgage Rates

    Discover what the most important factors are that affect mortgage interest rates. Factors range from inflation and economic ...
  80. How to Take Maternity Leave as a Freelancer

    Freelancers are not covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act, but maternity leave is still doable with these tips. ...
  81. What Is the Labor Market Conditions Index?

    The Labor Market Conditions Index is a new Fed indicator to track labor statistics. How useful is it?
  82. The World's Top 10 Economies

    A look at the top ten economies in the world.
  83. Why It Is Important to Follow Crude Oil Inventories

    Discover what oil inventories are, how they are communicated and what important insights they provide into the state of the ...
  84. Time to Bring Active Back into a Portfolio?

    While stocks have rallied since the economic recovery in 2009, many active portfolio managers have struggled to deliver investor ...
  85. Why Interest Rates Affect Everyone

    Learn why interest rates are one of the most important economic variables and how every individual and business is affected ...
  86. Investing Opportunities as Central Banks Diverge

    After the Paris attacks investors are focusing on central bank policy and its potential for divergence: tightened by the ...
  87. Long-Term Investing Impact of the Paris Attacks

    We share some insights on how the recent terrorist attacks in Paris could impact the economy and markets going forward.
  88. 5 States with the Highest GDP Per Capita

    Learn about the top five states ranked by their real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita as of 2014: Alaska, North Dakota, ...
  89. The Hunger Games Economy: 5 Unanswered Questions About Panem

    The Hunger Games's fictitious nation of Panem has technology, black markets, and government. But, we know precious little ...
  90. Understanding Donald Trump's Stance on China

    Find out why China bothers Donald Trump so much, and why the 2016 Republican presidential candidate argues for a return to ...
  91. Adjustable Rate Mortgage: What Happens When Interest Rates Go Up

    Adjustable rate mortgages can save borrowers money, but they can't go into it blind. In order to benefit from an ARM, you ...
  92. Will Paris Attacks Undo the European Union Dream?

    Last Friday's attacks in Paris are transforming the migrant crisis into an EU security threat, which could undermine the ...
  93. Personal Loan Rates: 6 Ways to Find the Best Deals

    Terms can vary tremendously, so you better shop around, both in person and online.
  94. What Slow Global Growth Means for Portfolios

    While U.S. growth remains relatively resilient, global growth continues to slip.
  95. Will a Hike in Interest Rates Affect the US Dollar?

    Learn about how rising U.S. interest rates affect the U.S. dollar and where the dollar could be heading once the rising rate ...
  96. Can Deflation Be Good?

    General economic theory consensus rules that deflation is bad for the economy. But the Swiss economy, which is growing despite ...
  97. 10 Ways to Protect Your Investments From an Interest Rate Hike

    Learn investment considerations and wealth-management options that aim to safeguard investor goals while interest rates rise ...
  98. Return on Investment (ROI) Vs. Internal Rate of Return (IRR)

    Read about the similarities and differences between an investment's internal rate of return (IRR) and its return on investment ...
  99. The Next Big ETFs Might Be From Latin America

    These ETFs are an excellent place to start for any investor interested in betting on Latin America.
  100. Current Probability of Donald Trump as President

    Predict the current odds of a Donald Trump presidency, and understand the factors that have kept him on top and the looming ...
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