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  1. Why Gold Is Not a Hedge Against the Dollar

    Gold's returns can vary greatly based around what currency the investor is using for purchases.
  2. How Negative Interest Rates Can Affect Bond Prices

    Interest rates have gone negative in Europe, and bond yields are following suit. Here's why investors still buy them.
  3. 3 Countries With Negative Bond Yields and Interest Rates

    Negative interest rates and bond yields are a relatively new phenomenon, as lenders are charged for capital on deposit while ...
  4. Top 5 Corporate Donors in Retail (WMT, GOOG)

    Discover the five largest donors in the retail sector as measured by cash contributions, including the company that donated ...
  5. 4 Outcomes of Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage

    How much is Seattle's $15 an hour minimum wage law impacting the city's workers, its labor market and businesses after nine ...
  6. The Economic Effects of Food Shortages (KO)

    Learn about the effects of food shortages on the economy and social order, and why lack of food isn't necessarily about lack ...
  7. What Are the Different Types of Foreign Aid?

    Foreign aid can take many forms and may involve governments and private-sector contributors. Some efforts are more effective ...
  8. Top 5 Pesticide Companies in the World (SYT, DOW)

    Discover the top pesticide companies in the world and explore the merger and acquisition activity that may concentrate food ...
  9. How Corrupt Is Venezuela? An Inside Look

    Learn more about the corruption level in Venezuela and how it could affect your investments if you decide to invest in the ...
  10. America's Poorest States in 2016

    The poorest states in America include Mississippi, West Virginia and Arkansas.
  11. Understanding the New Housing Bubble

    This real estate bubble is much different from the last one. Understanding it is imperative if you plan on making any investments.
  12. How to Make Money With 3-D Printing Technology (SIE, SSYS)

    Discover how the 3-D printing technology industry continues double-digit annual sales growth and learn how to make money ...
  13. IMF Calls For 6-Step Solution to the Euro Crisis

    Discover six points the International Monetary Fund believes the European Union must address in order to continue economic ...
  14. Alan Greenspan: Gold Is Safest Store of Value Right Now

    Alan Greenspan is sounding the alarm on out-of-control entitlements and inflation. Find out why he advocates for a return ...
  15. 3 Reasons Banks Can Freeze Your Account

    Learn about the reasons why a bank account can be frozen. Discover if it is legal for creditors to freeze your account and ...
  16. 6 Fintech Firms Emerging in New York City (ONDK)

    Some of New York City's top fintech companies are already disrupting the financial services industry.
  17. Top 5 Ways Terrorism Impacts the Economy

    The economic impact of more than 1,000 known terror attacks worldwide since 2015 may be larger than most realize.
  18. Can Infrastructure Spending Really Stimulate the Economy?

    Public infrastructure spending rarely stimulates long-term positive growth for the economy, even in times of recession...
  19. How Economic Sanctions Work

    The repercussions of Russia's 2014 invasion of Crimea are nowhere near over. The Ukraine says Russian aircraft are no longer ...
  20. Why the Fed Keeps Lowering Macro Growth Outlook

    Examine the FOMC's communications to determine when and why it has reduced its growth expectations. Find out how changing ...
  21. Top 5 Largest University Endowments

    The five largest university endowments in the world are Harvard, Yale, University of Texas...
  22. IMF: Top 3 Banks That Pose Global Financial Risk (DB, HSBC)

    The IMF believes these three banks pose the greatest systemic risk to the global financial economy.
  23. This Bull Market Is Supported by the Index Funds Investment

    The massive growth of index funds has been supporting the bull market and could lead to a steeper correction when it happens.
  24. Why the Opium Trade in Afghanistan Is Booming

    Discover how ineffective the U.S. efforts to counteract the opium trade in Afghanistan have been and why black markets feed ...
  25. Why the South China Sea Dispute Matters for the United States

    The South China Sea dispute between China and other countries that border the area matters to the United States...
  26. Top 8 Companies Raising the Minimum Wage (MCD, SBUX)

    Learn how a slew of top companies raised their minimum wage, including Starbucks and Wells Fargo, and how this affected their ...
  27. Why China Is Buying Gold at a Rapid Pace (BCS)

    The People's Bank of China has been buying up extra gold reserves at a breakneck pace. Could this signal a challenge to the ...
  28. Has the Age of Secular Stagnation Arrived?

    Secular stagnation is an interesting model, but it's not the last word on our economic situation.
  29. An America with Donald Trump as President

    Take a closer look at some of policy proposals from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and what a future with ...
  30. The GDP and its Importance

    GDP is an accurate indication of an economy's size. Few data points can match the GDP and its growth rate's conciseness. ...
  31. The Prisoner’s Dilemma in Business and the Economy

    The Prisoner’s Dilemma provides a framework for understanding how to strike a balance between cooperation and competition, ...
  32. How Currency Works

    Currency offers key advantages over economies based on direct trade. It provides sellers with a broader market for their ...
  33. 4 Global Economic Issues of an Aging Population

    Discover why dramatic increases in life expectancy is creating significant socioeconomic challenges for many advanced industrialized ...
  34. Top 10 Highest Paid Government Leaders

    When you compare the world leaders bringing home the most bacon, you'd be surprised to learn that there's more to salary ...
  35. How Unconventional Monetary Policy Works

    Unconventional monetary policy, such as quantitative easing, can be used to jump-start economic growth and spur demand.
  36. IMF on the 4 Headwinds of U.S. Economic Growth

    Explore the four major economic headwinds that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) identifies as principal obstacles to ...
  37. The Importance of the Purchasing Managers' Index

    The Purchasing Managers' Index is a telling sign of the U.S. economy. But what is it?
  38. U.K. Real Estate Funds Forced to Freeze Assets

    Since the Brexit, U.K.-based commercial real estate funds have been hammered, losing value as investors scramble to pull ...
  39. How Much Influence Does The Fed Have?

    Find out how current financial policies may affect your portfolio's future returns.
  40. Understanding The Treasury Yield Curve Rates

    Treasury yield curves are a leading indicator for the future state of the economy and interest rates.
  41. How To Pass The U.S. Citizenship Test

    A guide to the U.S. citizenship test for immigrants.
  42. El-Erian on the New World Order: Interview

    Dr. Mohamed El-Erian sat down with Investopedia columnist David Garrity to discuss how investors can prepare for a drastically ...
  43. Can Immigration Reform Help the Economy?

    Learn some of the possible effects, both good and bad, of immigration reform on the economy. These include more jobs and ...
  44. The Decline of the Middle Class: An Inside Look

    Find out what is behind the decline of the middle class in America and how the hourglass economy may effect consumption.
  45. State Bankruptcy: Will Connecticut Be Next?

    Discover why Connecticut is one of the few states most at risk of default, while considering the fiscal decisions that led ...
  46. Are Retiring Baby Boomers Red Flags to the U.S. Equity Market?

    Find out how the mass migration of 77 million baby boomers into retirement may affect the stock market and whether a crisis ...
  47. Industrials Sector: Industries Snapshot (XLI, BA)

    Discover the 12 industries that comprise the industrials sector of the Standard and Poor's 500 Index, and learn which key ...
  48. What's an Average Costco Consumer Like? (COST)

    Find out about the typical consumers who shop at Costco, how much they earn, and why they spend more there than at other ...
  49. How Interest Rates Affect the Housing Market

    Understand how rate changes can affect home prices and learn how you can keep up.
  50. What Increasing Tech Layoffs Mean For Silicon Valley (YHOO, ADSK)

    Find out the reasons for layoffs by Bay area tech companies in 2016. Learn which factors indicate that the regional job market ...
  51. Amazon vs. Big Retail—Investor Optimism is Changing (WAL,AMZN)

    Investopedia columnists Richard Peterson and Tate Hayes on the enduring importance of a "smile" in retail.
  52. The Top 3 Twitter Shareholders (TWTR)

    Discover the top three owners of Twitter shares and learn how they accumulated their positions through the evolution of the ...
  53. George Friedman: China Is A Declining Power

    While conventional wisdom would tell you that China is a great play on long-term economic growth, George Friedman thinks ...
  54. How Healthy Are Costco's Financials Versus Its Peers? (COST)

    Find out why Costco's financials may be healthier than those of its peers, especially regarding inventory turnover, debt ...
  55. Why $15 Minimum Wage Might Not Be Good News for Anyone (MCD, DPZ)

    Discover why the minimum wage isn't the panacea it is made out to be, and how artificial wage increases strain businesses ...
  56. Why the Stock Market Isn't Affected by Slow GDP Growth

    Learn how the stock market reached new levels in the years following the financial crisis, even though U.S. economic conditions ...
  57. Airlines Begin to Feel the Effects of Terrorism (RYAAY, DAL)

    Most major airlines are starting to see the financial effect from recent terrorist activity in Europe.
  58. The Industry Handbook: Software Industry

    Discover how the software industry has changed throughout the years to become a mainstay for businesses from programming ...
  59. Consumer Discretionary Sector: Industries Snapshot

    Discover the consumer discretionary sector, industries within this sector and companies producing goods that fall under the ...
  60. Walmart Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (WMT)

    Find out which suppliers generate large portions of their revenues from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and why their relationships ...
  61. Global Utilities: 4 Key Industry Players (EONGY, ENLAY)

    Discover utility companies that are global key industry players based on annual sales, and obtain a brief description and ...
  62. Target Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (TGT)

    Learn where the majority of Target Corporation's suppliers operate and the top five individual suppliers that generate most ...
  63. Global Retail Trade: 4 Key Industry Players (WMT, CVS)

    Discover the retail companies that are global key industry players based on annual sales, and gain a brief description and ...
  64. (MO) Who are Altria's Main Competitors?

    Learn about the financial profile of Altria Group and three of its competitors. Discover why these companies have performed ...
  65. What Countries Spend On Antiterrorism

    It would be an understatement to say that no country's anti-terrorism budget has decreased in the last two decades. Here ...
  66. What a Slowing Chinese Economy Means to Africa

    China is Africa's largest trading partner. What does China's slowing growth mean for the continent?
  67. How Interest Rates Affect The U.S. Markets

    Interest rates can have both positive and negative effects on U.S. stocks, bonds and inflation.
  68. The Biggest Losers From China's Slowdown

    A look at how China's slowdown is impacting countries around the world.
  69. Target Red Card: What You Need to Know (TGT)

    Target Corp’s Red Card is fantastically popular and a win-win for shoppers and the retailer.
  70. 3 Times the WTO Got It Right This Century

    Learn how the World Trade Organization (WTO) is facilitating landmark trade agreements that benefit both corporations and ...
  71. Quantitative Easing is Now a Fixture, Not a Temporary Patch

    Rather than being a temporary patch, QE is now a fixture in global economic policy, for good or for bad.
  72. Costco Alienates Single Shoppers (COST)

    Costco has been ignoring the needs of single shoppers for decades. This strategy has to change as the number of single-person ...
  73. Wal-Mart's Wage Increase Has Potential Drawbacks for Workers (WMT)

    Wal-Mart workers were overjoyed to hear that they would receive $10 an hour. However, there are significant non-financial ...
  74. The Hardest Hit by Wal-Mart Store Closures (WMT)

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc's (WMT) store closures affected thousands of people aside from the 16,000 laid-off workers.
  75. 3 Reasons Why North Korea Is Important in 2016

    Learn three areas where North Korea has the potential to disrupt the markets of the Asia-Pacific region and sour the U.S.-China ...
  76. Macroeconomic Forces That Will Control Markets in 2016

    Learn why several basic macroeconomic factors will control the direction of stock and bond markets in 2016.
  77. The Top Financial Events of 2015

    In thinking back on last year, the underlying story of 2015 is actually a positive surprise.
  78. Why Target's Express Store Concept is Flourishing (TGT)

    Target has found success with its TargetExpress store concept. Why are the small-sized stores so popular?
  79. Economist Guide: 4 Lessons Warren Buffett Teaches Us

    Learn how Warren Buffett's most famous investment advice can teach investors to manage their own money and practices.
  80. Economist Guide: 5 Lessons John Maynard Keynes Teaches Us

    Read about the paradoxical and confusing world of John Maynard Keynes, including the lessons modern economists can still ...
  81. 7 States with the Healthiest Labor Markets in 2016

    Find out which states are will have the healthiest labor markets in 2016. The oil states are falling, while states in the ...
  82. Why BRIC Nations Failed to Surpass G7 Economies

    What led the much touted BRIC economies to fail? Here's a sneak peek into the factors that collapsed the prospects of BRIC ...
  83. 5 Financial Threats to Watch in 2016 

    There is no shortage of worrying news in the global economy for 2016.
  84. Investment Fundamentals: S&P 500 Index Vs. Russell 1000 Index

    Learn about the similarities and differences between the S&P 500 and the Russell 1000 indices, and discover why investors ...
  85. The 2016 Presidential Election: 1% Vs. 99%

    Learn how the economy has become the key factor in the 2016 election, and which candidates are favored by the top 1% and ...
  86. Will Consumer Spending Save the Economy? (FIT, CZR)

    This week will hold incredibly important clues to the state of the American consumer. Be prepared.
  87. How Effective Are Russian Sanctions ?

    Russia’s Eurobond issuance is an important one to watch to get a sense where the sanctions regime is going next
  88. Do Declining Corporate Margins Point To Recession in 2016?

    Learn how declining profit margins have foretold nearly every recession of the past 50 years, and analyze whether they may ...
  89. Industries that Could Benefit from Stricter Gun Control Laws

    Some anticipate that stricter gun control laws could reduce the revenue of the firearm industry, but funds not spent on guns ...
  90. Why the USSR Collapsed Economically

    While initially experiencing rapid economic growth, the Soviet command economy collapsed after it grew more complex.
  91. Brexit Uncertainties Dominate EU Summit

    This week's EU summit in Brussels has the world's attention as a Brexit may hinge on David Cameron's ability to secure a ...
  92. Beer of the Month Subscription Review: Is It Worth It?

    Learn how you can get access to some of the best craft beers produced in the world, delivered right to your front door every ...
  93. How Negative Interest Rates Work

    Policymakers in Europe go for the unconventional: negative interest. What could happen?
  94. 3 Reasons Iran is Important in 2016

    Learn about how the global economy and Iran will be affected by the recently lifted trade embargo and sanctions from Iran, ...
  95. How Bernie Sanders Has Avoided Big Money (Mostly)

    Bernie Sanders hasn't entirely avoided PACs with his fundraising, but he has gotten a lot of bang for the buck
  96. Wal-Mart's Biggest Liability: Labor Costs (WMT)

    Wal-Mart's biggest expense is its labor and the retailer needs to take serious action to reduce this cost.
  97. U.S. Recession Without a Yield Curve Warning?

    The inverted yield curve has correctly predicted past recessions in the U.S. economy. However, that prediction model may ...
  98. Hillary Clinton's Liberal Orthodoxy

    Clinton's economic agenda laid out in July is divided into three broad groups: strong growth, fair growth and long-term growth. ...
  99. Is Brazil Currently in a Depression?

    Find out if Brazil, the world's seventh-largest economy, may have finally slipped into an economic depression, and learn ...
  100. Plated Review, Is It Worth It?

    Take a closer look at the ready-to-cook meal service, Plated, and learn how the company can help you take the hassle out ...
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