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  1. The Cyprus Crisis 101

    Discover what's behind the Cyprus debacle and what investors should do about the situation.
  2. Economic Indicators That Affect The U.S. Stock Market

    Macroeconomic factors like GDP, Inflation, and Retail Sales affect the value of your portfolio. Understanding these economic ...
  3. All The Cliffs You Need To Know About

    In addition to the oft-cited fiscal cliff, there are economic, tax, political, geopolitical and earnings pitfalls to avoid. ...
  4. Revenue Projections Show Profit Potential

    Examining how a company makes money can offer clues about its earnings potential.
  5. Countries With The Fastest And Slowest GDP Growth

    Discover which countries have shown the most growth since 1980, and which have shown the more ignominious fizzle and pop. ...
  6. What Is "Chained CPI?"

    Chained CPI is one of many ways to approximate the impact of rising or falling prices to consumers' pocketbooks.
  7. Natural Disasters: Issues Relating To Leaves Of Absence

    Small businesses are more likely to fail in the aftermath of devastation. How can you as an employee handle issues after ...
  8. Derivatives 101

    Learn how to use this type of investment as an alternative way to participate in the market.
  9. Economic Factors That Affected The U.S. Dollar In 2012

    The factors that influence the U.S. dollar and currencies in general.
  10. China Is Set To Continue Growing

    China's economy has plenty of long-term fight left in it, offering one of the best bets on developing world growth.
  11. Mitigating Downside With The Sortino Ratio

    Differentiate between good and bad volatility with the Sortino Ratio.
  12. Pros And Cons Of NAFTA

    These gains and losses have been attributed to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  13. How Inflation Affects Your Net Worth

    When calculating your net worth, don't forget to take inflation into account.
  14. All I Want for Christmas Is A Santa Claus Rally

    Wall Street believes its dream of a Santa Claus rally will surely come to pass.
  15. The Impact Unpaid Internships Have On The Labor Market

    The dramatic increase in unpaid internships has given rise to favorable and unfavorable arguments based on their impact on ...
  16. Okun's Law: Economic Growth And Unemployment

    Learn about Okun's Law, why it is important and how it stood the test of time since first being published.
  17. Canada And Australia Dollars To Be Reserve Currencies

    The IMF upgrading the Canadian and Australian dollars to "official" reserve currency status is a recognition of reality. ...
  18. America's Decreasing Economic Mobility

    Though it increased for decades following World War II, real median family income has dropped since the 1970s.
  19. Why Germany Is The Economic Powerhouse Of The Eurozone

    There's little denying that Germany is the boss of the eurozone. Discover what sets it apart from the rest of Europe.
  20. The Link Between The Fed, Money, Debt And Taxes

    Assets on the Fed's balance sheet, money supply level, national debt level and economic production should be maintained in ...
  21. The 5 Most Economically-Free Countries In The World

    Here are the top five from the Heritage Foundation's influential 2012 ranking of the most economically-free countries.
  22. TARP 4 Years Later - How Did It All Work Out?

    The TARP program is estimated to cost taxpayers about $32 billion, much less than the OMB's reported estimate.
  23. Employability, The Labor Force And The Economy

    Individuals do not have absolute control of their employability since employability is also affected by market and economic ...
  24. Quantitative Analysis Of Hedge Funds

    Hedge fund analysis requires more than just the metrics used to analyze mutual funds.
  25. 5 More Ways The U.S. Government Wastes Your Money

    To balance the budget, the first priority should be to eliminate unnecessary spending. Here are five examples of how that's ...
  26. The Relationship Between Japanese And Chinese Economies

    China counts on Japan for its manufacturing savvy, while Japan needs China's market to help it grow out of an economic funk. ...
  27. How Divorce Can Adversely Affect The Economy

    Divorce not only affects the people involved, it also affects the nation's economy.
  28. Why Insourcing Is Appealing To Businesses In 2012

    With insourcing the latest trend in the employment market, we look at whether it is sustainable in such a stark economic ...
  29. How Monopoly Antitrust Laws Affect Consumers

    Monopolies often receive a negative reception, but sometimes they can benefit consumers.
  30. A Primer On Inflation

    Inflation has a negative connotation, but is it all bad or does it offer some tangible benefits?
  31. 3 Industry-Impacting Innovations On The Horizon

    Here are some industry-impacting innovations that could potentially belong in the famed Carousel of Progress.
  32. How Debt Limits A Country's Options

    While debt is fundamentally necessary to the operation of a national government, it can also be limiting and dangerous.
  33. How Interest Rates Affect The Stock Market

    Whether you're buying lunch, a home or a stock, you're influenced by interest rates.
  34. How To Use Facebook As A Marketing Tool

    Facebook can be a viable marketing platform for your business. It can even earn you revenue.
  35. Why The Same Goods Have Different Prices Around The World

    Some items like electronics and automobiles have vastly different prices in different countries. Here's a look at why.
  36. What Does QE3 Mean For The Market?

    What does the Fed's recent announcement mean for the U.S. economy? Read on to learn more.
  37. Is Minimum Wage Fair?

    Lower-wage jobs have increased because of the recession, but the minimum wage is lower than in 1967 when adjusting for inflation. ...
  38. Developing Nations With The Most Debt

    These emerging markets have the most debt of any others. How does this affect the world economy?
  39. How The Federal Reserve Fights Recession

    Discover the steps that the Federal Reserve has taken to help save the economy.
  40. 3 Industries That Lost Focus

    The auto, technology and retail industries in the U.S. were once known for dominance and innovation. Recently, these industries ...
  41. The Uncertainty Of Economics: Exploring The Dismal Science

    Learning about the study of economics can help you understand why you face contradictions in the market.
  42. Don't Ignore These Emerging Markets

    BRIC nations aren't the only emerging markets worth investing in. Poland, Indonesia and Peru are also on the rise.
  43. Understanding Capital And Financial Accounts In The Balance Of Payments

    The current, capital and financial accounts compose a nation's balance of payments.
  44. Find The Right Fit With Probability Distributions

    Discover a few of the most popular probability distributions and how to calculate them.
  45. Understanding Interest Rates, Inflation And The Bond Market

    Get to know the relationships that determine a bond's price and its payout.
  46. How A Country's GDP Relates To Its Gold Medal Count

    Data shows that countries that are winning a smaller percentage of gold medals are seeing their share of the worldwide GDP ...
  47. How To Borrow For Free

    People will do anything to get a little extra money. If you need some cash, here are some ways you can borrow without much ...
  48. How To Recognize Sunk Costs

    Find out about sunk costs and why "getting your money's worth" can cost you more than you think.
  49. 3 Broke Countries In 2012

    We go over the nations that are in the grip of financial crisis.
  50. The LIBOR Scandal

    Barclays and other banks are alleged to have submitted artificially low LIBOR rates between 2007 and 2009.
  51. 5 Ways The Greek Crisis Could Affect Your Personal Finances

    Keeping an eye on what is happening in Europe could help prepare you for what the future may hold.
  52. Risks To Consider Before Investing In Bonds

    Make sure you understand the risks associated with bonds before making an investment decision.
  53. A Primer On Currency Regimes

    Currency regimes are dynamic and complex, reflecting the ever-changing landscape of their respective nations' monetary and ...
  54. 5 Economic Reports You Should Watch

    Most economic reports are noise, but there are a some that are market movers.
  55. Jobs That Can't Be Outsourced

    Here are careers that are too vital to everyday American life to be replaced with outsourced labor.
  56. How Inflation Has Affected Transportation Prices

    Getting around today is less expensive than it was 10 years ago, and this downtrend shows no signs of stopping.
  57. Educating About Poverty Through Frugal Living

    Live Below the Line is a challenge that hopes to raise awareness about poverty in the U.S. These tips can help you cut your ...
  58. A Silver Primer

    Find out what affects the price of silver, the types of investments that can be made and the methods in which it is traded. ...
  59. Why Global Unemployment Is Rising

    The ILO is reporting that there are now 50 million fewer jobs in the global economy than before 2008. Find out why.
  60. The Rise And Fall Of Rare Earth Metals

    Rare earth metals were the hot thing last year and now, nobody speaks of them. Find out what happened.
  61. The Greatest Currency Trades Ever Made

    These speculators took big positions - and scored huge profits - in the currency market.
  62. How Inflation Has Affected The Price Of Cars

    As time has passed, have car prices gotten reasonably more expensive or gone above inflation?
  63. Why The Greek Stock Market Is Up

    Despite Greece's large sovereign debt, the Greek stock market has performed well in 2012. Find out why.
  64. Do Deflationary Shocks Help Or Hurt The Economy?

    Find out how deflationary shocks can both benefit and hurt consumers and businesses.
  65. 5 Biggest Risks Faced By Oil And Gas Companies

    Before investing in gas and oil stocks, consider such factors as political and geological risks.
  66. Translating "Fed Speak" Into Plain English

    Confused by the Fed's lingo? Find out what it can tell you and learn how to decipher it.
  67. Tax Terms You Should Know

    If you don't understand tax terms like bracket, marginal and capital gains, then read on and find out what they mean.
  68. How To Survive The Trading Game

    Gain insight into how a trader/programmer approaches the task of designing a trading system.
  69. Problems Loom For The Chinese Economy

    In 2010 China became the world's second largest economy, yet some analysts see problems ahead. Find out why.
  70. The Basics Of Investing In Foreign Government Bonds

    Individuals contemplating the purchase of government bonds need to understand the risks of bond investing.
  71. Canada To Remove The Penny From Circulation

    Canada expects to see a significant cost savings by forcing people to round up or down to the nearest five cents.
  72. How Inflation Policy Affects You

    The Fed estimates a long-term goal of 2% inflation for the near future. Learn how that'll impact you.
  73. A Look At Fiscal And Monetary Policy

    There's a debate over which policy is better for the economy. Find out which side of the fence you're on.
  74. Why U.S. Home Prices Rely On Supply And Demand

    Look for factors that influence supply and demand and you might be able to predict which way housing prices will trend.
  75. Combat Low Interest Rates With Dividend Stocks

    Dividend stocks tend to outperform the overall market during low interest rate environments.
  76. 4 Ways Outsourcing Damages Industry

    While outsourcing has preserved capital for many companies, it could be damaging to American industry.
  77. Why America's Taxes Are Too Low

    The solution to America's economic woes may not be in lowering taxes further, but may, in fact, lie in increasing them.
  78. Inflation And Economic Recovery

    Inflation impacts the costs of every facet of the economy. Discover how it can help or hinder the economic recovery.
  79. How Education And Training Affect The Economy

    Education and training benefit not only the worker, but also the employer and the country as a whole.
  80. What Is International Trade?

    Everyone's talking about globalization, so we explain what is it and why some oppose it.
  81. Highest-Paid CEOs

    John Hammergren of McKesson topped the list of the best-earning CEOs for 2011. Find out how much he made and who else was ...
  82. Investing In Sovereign Bonds

    Investing in sovereign credit can be a dicey affair. Learn if you should take the risk.
  83. The Hidden Truth Behind The U.S. Economic Recovery

    Learn how the economy is being artificially propped up by unsustainable monetary and fiscal policies.
  84. If The U.S. Was A Real Household

    Discover what the fiscal state of the U.S. looks like in numbers that are more relatable to everyday experience.
  85. 7 Ways The U.S. Government Wastes Money

    Inane studies and gifts to China are just some of the ways that the U.S. government wasted tax-payers' money in 2011.
  86. States With Demand For Workers

    If you can brave the cold weather, we'll tell you why these places are great for employment.
  87. Globalization: Progress Or Profiteering?

    Proponents of globalization argue that it helps the economies of developing nations and makes goods cheaper, while critics ...
  88. Tackling The Super Bowl Indicator

    Find out what a win or loss by your favorite team means for the markets.
  89. 3 Tips For Using Payday Loans

    With payday loans now operating across 41 states, we tell you how to use them wisely and responsibly.
  90. The Pros And Cons Of Sports Investing

    Consider these advantages and disadvantages before investing in businesses related to your favorite teams.
  91. How Much It Costs To Become President

    Using real figures from 2008, we tell you what the price is to have Pennsylvania Ave. as your address.
  92. An Introduction To The PIIGS

    Learn which countries are included in the PIIGS and why they are grouped together.
  93. 5 States Where You Can Stretch Your Dollar The Furthest

    If you're thinking of moving to save a few dollars here and there, we've got a list of states for you to consider.
  94. Minimum Wage: Good Cause Or Economic Pariah?

    Here are some positives and negatives to help you decide where you stand on the minimum wage debate.
  95. A Bullish Start To 2012

    2012 kicked off with a great first day, but does that mean the rest of the year will follow that trend?
  96. An Evaluation Of Emerging Markets

    Get the full story on this asset class before you write it off as too risky.
  97. Effects Of The New Canada-U.S. Border Deal

    Find out how a new deal concerning the longest unprotected border in the world may affect trade.
  98. Trading Around Key Options Indicators

    Learn the key economic indicators to help predict market movement.
  99. How The U.S. Government Formulates Monetary Policy

    Learn about the tools the Fed uses to influence interest rates and general economic conditions.
  100. The Basics Of Business Forecasting

    Discover the methods behind financial forecasts and the risks inherent when we seek to predict the future.
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