Economics Articles

  1. Here's How the Economics of Drug Trafficking Works

    As the debate about the war on drugs continues, a look at the economic costs of illicit drug trafficking.
  2. FBIDX, FSBAX: Overview of Fidelity Fixed Income Index Funds

    Get an overview of the Fidelity fixed-income index funds, known as Spartan Index funds, with a summary and performance data ...
  3. VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN: 6 Month Snap Shot (TVIX)

    The VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN fell by over 80% between January and July 2016, despite experiencing a meteoric ...
  4. Why Greenspan Is Getting Worried About U.S. Interest Rates

    Alan Greenspan says U.S. interest rates have been too low for too long, resulting in a bond market bubble, low productivity ...
  5. Barclays Foresees Oil Prices Recovering up to $85 by 2019 (BCS)

    Here's why Barclays predicted that Brent crude would reach $85 by 2019, one year earlier than the financial institution's ...
  6. 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.
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. Once Again, It’s Too Quiet Out There

    Russ discusses what's behind the unusually low volatility in the markets, and what could bring an end to the days of calm.
  10. The Different Colors of Asian Bonds

    As the intensifying search for yield goes international, Matt examines and shares his thoughts on the different Asian bond ...
  11. Equity Returns: Key Drivers Over the Past 30 Years

    Equities enjoyed robust gains between 1985 and 2014, but a 2016 McKinsey report warned that these returns could soon deteriorate ...
  12. Think Twice Before Buying Tax-Free Municipal Bonds

    Municipal bonds are relatively safe, tax-exempt securities--but they are not without drawbacks. Due diligence is required. ...
  13. What's the Best Place to Put Your Cash Right Now?

    What is the safest investment for your cash: Treasuries, CDs, money markets or mattresses? Here's a look at each.
  14. Chart of the Week: Maneuvering Through the Crowds

    Risk-on sentiment has dominated markets in a post-Brexit world characterized by expectations for lower-for-longer interest ...
  15. 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.
  16. 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 ...
  17. The Economic Effects of Food Shortages

    Learn about the effects of food shortages on the economy and social order, and why lack of food isn't necessarily about lack ...
  18. How Do Negative Interest Rates Work?

    There is a lot of confusion surrounding negative interest rates. Matt breaks it down and explains what going negative really ...
  19. The Elusive Spark Needed for the Rally to Continue

    Against most expectations, U.S. stocks are turning in a respectable performance this year. The S&P 500 is now up 7% year-to-date, ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. The Keynesian Put: New Support For Asset Prices

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts suggest fiscal policy is likely to take over from monetary policy in supporting strong ...
  22. The Worst-Performing Currencies of 2016

    Find out which foreign currencies struggled the most during the first seven months of 2016, and why the situation in Venezuela ...
  23. Will Nonperforming Loans Cause 'Italeave'?

    The EU's reluctance to allow Italy to bail out its precarious banks may encourage Italy to follow England out of the EU. ...
  24. How Negative Interest Rates Can Affect Currencies

    Analyze the relationship between interest rates and currency devaluation. Examine the impact of negative rates and how further ...
  25. Should Central Banks Be Independent?

    Find out why more and more experts are calling for an end to central bank independence, any why such provocative calls may ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. Why Goldman Thinks the U.S. Dollar Will Stay Strong

    Goldman analysts are bullish on companies that do business in the United States, in the face of a strengthening dollar and ...
  28. Venezuela's Food Shortage Explained

    Dire economic conditions in Venezuela have resulted in food shortages, hyperinflation, halted production and other serious ...
  29. 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 ...
  30. Top 3 Global REIT ETFs in 2016

    The prevailing low-interest-rate environment generally favors international REITs, at the moment. These three ETFs track ...
  31. What Is the Difference Between Helicopter Money and QE?

    Explore the differences between helicopter money and quantitative easing, and learn about the consequences of these economic ...
  32. How Terrorism Damages the Global Economy

    The economic impact of more than 1,000 known terror attacks worldwide since 2015 may be larger than most realize.
  33. How Negative Interest Rates Can Affect Consumers

    Negative interest rates encourage banks to lend but not consumers to spend.
  34. Can Infrastructure Spending Really Stimulate the Economy?

    Public infrastructure spending rarely stimulates long-term positive growth for the economy, even in times of recession...
  35. The Charts All Inflation Watchers Need to See

    Getting the inflation call right is one of the most important decisions an investor can make today. We explain in these charts ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. What Rising LIBOR Is and Is Not Telling You

    Find out why the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is on the rise, but not for the usual reasons.
  38. The Cost of a Road Trip Across the United States

    Estimate the cost of a road trip across the United States, and evaluate how the cost of such a trip has changed from 2015 ...
  39. Behind the Law of Large Numbers in the Insurance Industry

    Discover how the law of large numbers helps insurance companies cope with risk, and why the theory does not always live up ...
  40. IMF: These Top 3 Banks Pose Global Financial Risk

    The IMF believes these three banks pose the greatest systemic risk to the global financial economy.
  41. Chart of the Week: Will the Fed Disrupt the EM Party?

    This week’s chart helps explain why stronger U.S. jobs data fueled speculation earlier this month of more Federal Reserve ...
  42. Best Undergraduate Degrees For Day Traders

    We look at some popular undergrad majors for those wanting to begin a career in the exciting world of fast-paced trading. ...
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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...
  45. 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 ...
  46. The Impact of Brexit on Facebook

    Learn how currency swings, trade agreements, privacy issues and consumer demand stand to impact Facebook following the Brexit ...
  47. Developed Markets: Politics and Economics May Create a Turbulent Mix

    Learn why the acceleration of sovereign yield declines should focus investors’ attention on risk.
  48. The Fed Sticks to the Script (Yawn…)

    The Federal Reserve missed another opportunity to raise rates last Thursday. So, If we get stagflation, the Fed must learn ...
  49. The Case for Sticking With High Yield

    Find out why between the market low in February and the July peak, high yield bonds rallied roughly 15%, according to Bloomberg ...
  50. Market Timing Tips & Rules You Should Know

    Market timing rules benefit investments by finding the best prices and times to take exposure and book profits.
  51. Can Brazil Win a Gold Medal As an Investment?

    Many investor are directing their attention to Brazil with the Olympic Games underway because it has one of the best performing ...
  52. Two ETFs to Consider for Now

    Amid a murky global economic outlook, investors who want to hedge their exposure to interest-rate sensitivity and emerging-market ...
  53. Has the Age of Secular Stagnation Arrived?

    Secular stagnation is an interesting model, but it's not the last word on our economic situation.
  54. How to Get Your Portfolio to Eat Its Duration

    Learn why while most investors realize that traditional bonds dampen portfolio volatility, it’s hard to commit to an asset ...
  55. Top 4 Companies that Consolidate Private Student Loans (CFG)

    Consolidating your student loans can save you money.
  56. Deciphering Where the Fed Will Go from Here

    The Federal Reserve (Fed) kept interest rates on hold last week as expected, while simultaneously upgrading its economic ...
  57. How Negative Interest Rates Affect Mortgages

    Negative interest rates are wrecking havoc on conventional mortgage lending in Europe.
  58. Why Spain's Sovereign Debt Is Outshining Italy's

    Spanish 10-year government bonds have been trading at a lower yield than Italy, which has significantly larger economy
  59. Are Mortgage Rates Going Up? 3 Indicators to Watch

    Watch these indicators to see if or when mortgage rates will rise, and why the Federal Funds rate is not a key indicator.
  60. Chart of the Week: What a Most Unusual Election Season Could Mean for Markets

    This week’s chart shows that we could see market volatility moving higher as Nov. 8 Election Day approaches.
  61. Why Japan May Be the First to Get Helicopter Money

    Could Japan could be the first country to implement helicopter money to stave off deflation, increase inflation rates and ...
  62. Why Negative Interest Rates Are Still Not Working in Japan

    Japan's negative interest rate policy has failed to generate economic growth, but the central bank keeps trying to print ...
  63. Regression Basics For Business Analysis

    This tool is easy to use and can provide valuable information on financial analysis and forecasting. Find out how.
  64. Market Overview: 3Q2016

    U.S. Treasury yields moved lower in the second Q of 2016. Various government data releases showed a mixed view of the economy ...
  65. 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 ...
  66. My Travel Notes on Canadian Bonds

    We take a closer look at foreign bond markets and what investors are doing in them. Today, we focus on Canada.
  67. The Economic Effects of Water Shortages

    Raising water prices to dampen demand is a necessary approach to solving the world's water shortage.
  68. 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. ...
  69. 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, ...
  70. Chart of the Week: The Main Ingredient Required for Further Stock Gains

    Global stocks are up year-to-date. Chief Investment Strategist Richard Turnill explains what's required for equities to move ...
  71. Save Money by Analyzing Economic Trends

    It may seem like a tactic for active traders, but following economic trends can help you save and make money.
  72. Interest Rates Explained: Nominal, Real, Effective

    Interest rates are divided into subcategories. Smart investors look beyond the nominal or coupon rate of a bond or loan to ...
  73. How To Profit From Inflation

    While rising prices are bad news for consumers, inflation can be quite profitable for investors.
  74. Updated Investment Views for the Second Half

    We share how to potentially position portfolios for the market and economic environment we see ahead for the remainder of ...
  75. Negative Rates in the US: What Are The Chances?

    Find out the possibility of the Federal Reserve following the lead of the European Central Bank in employing a negative interest ...
  76. 10 Common Finance Terms Every Newbie Needs To Know

    In order to get a better understanding of what you read in markets news, we’ll briefly explore the terms you commonly encounter.
  77. China, Not Brexit, Is the Biggest Problem for the World

    Many experts consider China's currency and credit situation as the biggest global economic risk, not Britain's decision to ...
  78. These 5 Books Will Transform the Way You Think

    Just as successful startups disrupt their industries, these writers disrupt our view of the world.
  79. Chances of Bernie Supporters Voting for Trump

    Find out why some of Bernie Sanders' supporters, especially working-class whites, may opt to vote for Donald Trump instead ...
  80. 4 Reasons Above-Average Returns Are Behind Us

    Watch for signals that a smaller working-age population or global economic weakness could slow GDP growth and bring lower ...
  81. Should Investors Care that Stocks are Expensive?

    Coincident to the latest string of market records, another milestone was recently hit.
  82. Simon Johnson on the Next Global Recession

    Simon Johnson is forecasting a "rollercoaster ride" for the world's economy.
  83. Why Rising Household Debt Will Hurt the Economy

    Global gross debt has increased by $60 trillion since the real estate and financial market meltdown in 2008.
  84. China's High Debt: Bad for Competitive Advantage?

    China's economic growth has been decelerating over the past decade and credit continues to expand at a rapid pace, turning ...
  85. 4 Global Economic Issues of an Aging Population

    Discover why dramatic increases in life expectancy is creating significant socioeconomic challenges for many advanced industrialized ...
  86. More Than 15 Minutes of Fame for These Emerging Markets

    Investors mostly saw Brexit as a negative for markets, but many risk assets have rebounded from the selloffs immediately ...
  87. One Place to Look for Income Now

    Find out why emerging market (EM) debt is enjoying robust returns this year.
  88. Microsoft's Competitive Advantage: An Inside Look

    Microsoft thoroughly understands how to build competitive advantage to expand market share and dominate competitors. Here's ...
  89. Here's Why Fixed-Income Returns Are So Low

    As the Federal Reserve remains reluctant to aggressively raise interest rates, investors continue to search for yield.
  90. The World Turned Upside Down

    Learn why governments may be getting ready to loosen up.
  91. Baker Hughes Rig Count: Analyzing Trends in 2016 (BHI)

    Review Baker Hughes' rig count to identify trends in oil production. Find out what rig count and crude oil mix indicate about ...
  92. Is the U.S. Housing Market Really Coming Back?

    Analyze housing data to determine if the U.S. market is recovering, and assess price, sales volume, construction and inventory ...
  93. Don’t Blame The U.S. for The Yield Meltdown

    This month added another bizarre chapter to the seemingly endless drop in bond yields.
  94. The Indian Story, Rebooted

    Once a BRIC, then one of the “Fragile Five," is India regaining its luster? We discuss the case for India.
  95. Britain’s Long and Difficult Divorce from Europe

    Though it seems like the Brexit storm has blown over, uncertainty remains high as the fundamental ramifications have yet ...
  96. Why the 10-Year US Treasury Rates Are Crucial

    10-year treasury bond yields are important indicators of the economy as a whole.
  97. The World's Top 10 Economies

    A look at the top 10 economies in the world.
  98. Another Reason Rates are Likely to Be Lower for Longer

    The Federal Reserve (Fed) has suggested it’s likely to remain on hold for the near future given Brexit-related uncertainty ...
  99. Sprout's Farmers Market's Competitive Advantage: An Inside Look (SFM)

    Analyze Sprouts Farmers Markets' competitive advantage to determine if its business model and brand provide a sustainable ...
  100. Is Sales Growth Weaker Than Inventory Growth?

    Find out why Goldman Sachs Equity Research is concerned about inventory growth, which appears to be outpacing sales growth ...
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