Economics Articles

  1. Comparing Cost of Living: 5 Cities Where $50K Goes Furthest

    If you are comparing cost of living to see where a $50,000 salary will stretch the furthest, these 5 cities are at the top ...
  2. Are Big Banks Becoming More Corrupt? (JPM, C)

    Big banking scandals have been a prominent feature in 2016, but news of corrupt banks is not a new or surprising phenomenon ...
  3. Did OPEC Blink in the U.S. Shale Standoff? (KSA)

    Did OPEC just blink in its standoff with U.S. shale oil producers?
  4. Top 10 Recession-Proof Jobs

    Certain professions are recession-proof, such as health care and law enforcement. People with these jobs can expect to stay ...
  5. Number of Banks That Charge Clients for Cash Deposits Is Growing (IREBY, RBS)

    In August 2016, two years after the ECB's decision to cut rates below zero, a few banks have started charging clients and ...
  6. How Bad Is China from the Perspectives of U.S. Companies?

    Many U.S. companies espoused a positive view of China's economic outlook, even though the nation's growth sputtered after ...
  7. Top 25 Developed and Developing Countries

    The difference between developed and developing countries, along with a list of the status of 25 nations around the world.
  8. Comparing Market Returns to Consumer Expectations

    A lot of pundits will tell you there are certain indicators of future market performance. But do those claims hold up?
  9. Target Prices: The Key To Sound Investing

    Learn how to evaluate the legitimacy of target prices and why investors should trust these over ratings.
  10. Is GDP Really an Accurate Measure of Economic Growth?

    What does GDP tell us about real economic growth or well-being? It turns out that the answer is quite different than what ...
  11. What Is the Economic Impact of Hosting the Olympics?

    Because the economic impact of hosting the Olympics tends to be less positive than anticipated, most cities may be better ...
  12. Is the Concept of 'TINA' Helping the Stock Market?

    Here's why the "TINA" (There Is No Alternative) perspective of stock market growth is overblown. There are always alternatives ...
  13. Is Venture Capital Slowing in the U.S.?

    Venture capitalists are more selective in 2016, turning away from U.S. startups in an era of big business and slow growth ...
  14. The Zero Lower Bound Dilemma: Are We Stuck?

    Interest rates may be stuck near the zero lower bound (ZLB), thanks to experimental monetary policy from the Fed and over-spending ...
  15. 3 Countries That Produce the Most Renewable Energy

    China, the United States and Brazil are the top three producers of energy from renewable sources, with hydroelectric power ...
  16. How the Eurozone's Fight Against Deflation Is Hurting Savers

    The European Central Bank is fighting a desperate battle against deflation. Find out what it is doing and how it is going ...
  17. China's Long Road to Urbanization

    China's urbanization rate has a long way to go before the country reaches a level of urbanization on par with that of countries ...
  18. 5 Truths About Consumer Confidence in the U.S.

    U.S. consumer confidence has evolved in the years since the Great Recession, according to a study conducted by McKinsey & ...
  19. The 6 Most Common Explanations for Economic Stagnation

    Professional economists disagree about why the global economy has stagnated since 2001. Find out what some prominent thinkers ...
  20. 10 Countries With the Most McDonald's Locations (MCD)

    Europe may be more important to McDonald's than the United States, and Asia is not too far behind now that the Chinese market ...
  21. Top 5 Fastest-Growing Startups in NYC (GOOGL, FB)

    The top five New York City startups are technology companies in different industries with astronomical track records of revenue ...
  22. Countries Friendly to Russian Business

    Russia's largest trading partners include China and the European Union. Learn about the goods and services that Russia exchanges ...
  23. Top 6 Fastest Growing Startups in San Francisco (GOOG, TWTR)

    The six fastest-growing new startups in San Francisco for 2016 are focusing on making life easier by offering solutions to ...
  24. 5 Consumer Staple Stocks Vulnerable To a Sell Off (GIS, CAG)

    Thinking about investing for dividend yield? Here is a consumer staples stock list of companies that could potentially sell ...
  25. Top 7 Fastest-Growing Startups in Austin

    Austin has become one of the hottest hub for startups. Austin has everything entrepreneurs need to make their visions come ...
  26. 3 Ways Robots Affect the Economy

    Robotics is increasingly shaping the way that many industries operate, and is impacting employment. Its usage has both positive ...
  27. The Real Reason Prescription Drug Prices Are So High

    Expensive drugs that don’t have affordable alternatives or generic equivalents are a serious concern today. So why are prescription ...
  28. 10 Countries With The Most Natural Resources

    Commodities are the raw materials for all products produced worldwide. This article lists the top 10 countries with the most ...
  29. 5 Countries With the Most Money Per Capita

    Some of these countries with high disposable income per capita may surprise you.
  30. Are Negative Rates Really "Far Superior" to Combat Downturns?

    Ever wonder how negative interest rates work? Economist Marvin Goodfriend swears by negative interest rates, touting them ...
  31. The 10 Best Community Colleges in the United States

    The top community colleges in the U.S. are strong on technical education and job placement. The best community colleges provide ...
  32. The Lucrative Business of Summer Camps for Adults

    Due to the increasing need to disconnect from technology and meet new friends, adult summer camps are a booming business ...
  33. Is China's Corporate Debt Flashing Warning Signals?

    China's corporate debt has been quickly rising relative to economic output, prompting investors to identify and watch for ...
  34. Is Fed QE4 More Likely Than Negative Interest Rates?

    Fed QE4 and negative interest rates are two policy options that speculators think the central bank might harness if economic ...
  35. 4 Forces Behind Income Inequality in America

    Two-thirds of U.S. households saw their income decline or stay flat between 2005 and 2014. A McKinsey report has taken an ...
  36. The Rise of Alternative Economics

    Alternative economics has provided businesses, borrowers and lenders with the opportunity to overcome restrictions such as ...
  37. How Does Arbitrage Betting Work?

    Arbitrage betting is a method or system for exploiting differences in odds for profit.
  38. Will QE Lead to Hyperinflation?

    A look at whether or not quantitative easing could potentially lead the U.S. into a period of hyperinflation.
  39. 5G Technology: Which Country Will Be the First to Adapt?

    The United States and other countries that want to stay competitive in the global economy are already making preparations ...
  40. Could Helicopter Money Become a Reality in Europe?

    The eurozone experienced deflation in some months of 2016, which caused some economists to consider helicopter money as a ...
  41. Credit Crunch Trends: 7 Countries Feeling the Pain

    Seven years after the global recession, several countries are on the brink of insolvency with heavy debt burden.
  42. 10 Countries that Produce the Most Silver

    Silver is used in a variety of applications, from jewelry and mirrors to electronics and circuits.
  43. The Real Cost of the Rio Olympics

    Brazil spent $4.6 billion on hosting the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but the real cost could be much greater.
  44. Italian Banks: Too Big to Fail, Yet Too Big to Be Saved?

    Italian banks are facing an impossible situation as they try to remain solvent amid accelerating credit delinquencies.
  45. 5 Countries That Produce the Most Waste

    As economies have grown and populations have increased, the rate at which countries produce waste has risen. Some of the ...
  46. Why Bank Bail-Ins Will Be the New Bailouts

    After the public's outcry over rescuing banks with taxpayer money, the government is switching tactics. Find out why bail-ins ...
  47. 6 Countries That Produce the Most Cars

    With over 90 million cars manufactured in 2015, the automobile industry is a massive global market led by six countries.
  48. How Commodities Spread Betting Works

    Commodity spread betting is a way to speculate on price movements of various commodities. Here's how it works.
  49. Will Brazil's Economy Improve After the Olympics?

    There are still no signs that hosting the 2016 Olympic Games is helping Brazil's worst recession in history.
  50. How Online Banking Is Overtaking Traditional Banking

    Is traditional banking doomed to be surpassed by online banking?
  51. 5 Countries That Own the Most U.S. Debt

    China gets a lot of attention for being the top foreign holder of U.S. debt, but some other top holders may surprise you.
  52. What Are the Pros and Cons of Raising the Minimum Wage?

    With the debate on wages continuing in Congress and in the public arena, here are some of the major pros and cons of raising ...
  53. The Toilet Revolution: Turning Waste Into Profit

    The lack of proper sanitation in developing countries has led to a public health crisis, one in which the toilet revolution ...
  54. 6 Countries That Produce the Most Corn

    The world's six major producers of its most popular grain, corn, include the United States and China. Learn if these producers ...
  55. Long-Term Installment Loans: Are They Worth It?

    Long-term installment loans help borrowers finance major purchases or consolidate credit card debt. Learn how they work, ...
  56. 5 Countries With the Most Billionaires

    China or the United States has the most billionaires in the world, depending on who you ask, followed by India, the United ...
  57. Raising Rates Now Will Lead to Economic Slowdown

    Innumerable economic warning signs are flashing red. So why does Yellen think our expansion is continuing?
  58. Don't Let Dire Forecasts Keep You on the Sidelines

    Many people think that they need an accurate forecast about the future to be a successful investor.
  59. What Is a Silver Certificate Dollar Bill Worth Today? (SLW, SVM)

    Although a silver-certificate dollar bill no longer can be exchanged for silver, the date, grade and unique features make ...
  60. 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.
  61. 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.
  62. 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 ...
  63. 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 ...
  64. 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 ...
  65. 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 ...
  66. 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 ...
  67. 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 ...
  68. 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 ...
  69. Should Jaime Dimon Tell Clients to Raise Wages? (JPM)

    Learn why MIT Professor Thomas A. Kochan believes that JPMorgan's move to raise the minimum wage for its lower compensated ...
  70. America's Poorest States in 2016

    The poorest states in America include Mississippi, West Virginia and Arkansas.
  71. 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.
  72. 7 Cheap Places to Travel in the United States That Are Worth the Visit

    These seven cheap places to travel in the United States provide plenty of wholesome fun for the whole family without breaking ...
  73. 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 ...
  74. 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 ...
  75. 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 ...
  76. 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.
  77. 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 ...
  78. Will Brexit Hurt M&A in UK? (SFTBY, AMC)

    Britain's referendum to leave the European Union and a cheap pound sterling is having an impact on Britain's M&A industry.
  79. 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.
  80. Can Infrastructure Spending Really Stimulate the Economy?

    Public infrastructure spending rarely stimulates long-term positive growth for the economy, even in times of recession...
  81. 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 ...
  82. 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 ...
  83. The Financial Effects of a Natural Disaster

    We're all subject to Mother Nature's whims – and the damage can have far-reaching effects.
  84. Top 5 Largest University Endowments

    The five largest university endowments in the world are Harvard, Yale, University of Texas...
  85. 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.
  86. 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.
  87. 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 ...
  88. 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...
  89. 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 ...
  90. What’s Behind the Rally in Risk Assets ?

    Equity indexes are touching record highs and other risk assets are performing well in 2016. Can it last?
  91. 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 ...
  92. Has the Age of Secular Stagnation Arrived?

    Secular stagnation is an interesting model, but it's not the last word on our economic situation.
  93. 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 ...
  94. 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. ...
  95. 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, ...
  96. How Currency Works

    Currency offers key advantages over economies based on direct trade. It provides sellers with a broader market for their ...
  97. Why Rising Average Household Debt Will Hurt the Economy

    Global gross debt has increased by $60 trillion since the real estate and financial market meltdown in 2008.
  98. 4 Global Economic Issues of an Aging Population

    Discover why dramatic increases in life expectancy is creating significant socioeconomic challenges for many advanced industrialized ...
  99. These Retailers Are Least Impacted by Wage Increases (WMT, TGT)

    Learn how certain retailers, such as those that have already built wage increases into their business models, face less pressure ...
  100. 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 ...
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