Economics Articles

  1. 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 ...
  2. Top 3 Global REIT ETFs in 2016

    The prevailing low-interest-rate environment generally favors international REITs, at the moment. These three ETFs track ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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.
  5. How Negative Interest Rates Can Affect Consumers

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

    Public infrastructure spending rarely stimulates long-term positive growth for the economy, even in times of recession...
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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.
  11. 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. ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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...
  14. 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 ...
  15. The Impact of Brexit on Facebook

    Learn how currency swings, trade agreements, privacy issues and consumer demand stand to impact Facebook following the Brexit ...
  16. 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.
  17. 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 ...
  18. Has the Age of Secular Stagnation Arrived?

    Secular stagnation is an interesting model, but it's not the last word on our economic situation.
  19. Top 4 Companies that Consolidate Private Student Loans (CFG)

    Consolidating your student loans can save you money.
  20. How Negative Interest Rates Affect Mortgages

    Negative interest rates are wrecking havoc on conventional mortgage lending in Europe.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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 ...
  24. 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 ...
  25. Regression Basics For Business Analysis

    This tool is easy to use and can provide valuable information on financial analysis and forecasting. Find out how.
  26. 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 ...
  27. 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. ...
  28. 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, ...
  29. 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.
  30. 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 ...
  31. How To Profit From Inflation

    While rising prices are bad news for consumers, inflation can be quite profitable for investors.
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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.
  34. 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 ...
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. Simon Johnson on the Next Global Recession

    Simon Johnson is forecasting a "rollercoaster ride" for the world's economy.
  38. 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.
  39. 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 ...
  40. 4 Global Economic Issues of an Aging Population

    Discover why dramatic increases in life expectancy is creating significant socioeconomic challenges for many advanced industrialized ...
  41. Microsoft's Competitive Advantage: An Inside Look

    Microsoft thoroughly understands how to build competitive advantage to expand market share and dominate competitors. Here's ...
  42. 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.
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. Why the 10-Year US Treasury Rates Are Crucial

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

    A look at the top 10 economies in the world.
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. Has Rising Rent in Big Cities Peaked?

    Learn how the interplay of supply and demand factors in coming years are to influence whether rental prices peak or continue ...
  50. Not Crazy: Unconventional Monetary Policy

    Unconventional monetary policy, such as quantitative easing, can be used to jump-start economic growth and spur demand.
  51. Why is Deflation Bad for the Economy?

    Deflation can adversely affect the economy in significant ways.
  52. The Negative Rates of Europe's Central Banks

    We are currently seeing negative central bank deposit rates and government and corporate bonds with negative yields, but ...
  53. How Interest Rates Work On Car Loans

    Three big facts to know – and some numbers to crunch to get the best deal.
  54. Economic Moats: A Strong Company's Best Defense

    Economic moats can protect companies from their competitors.
  55. 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 ...
  56. How Your Tax Rate Is Determined

    Feel like the government always has its hand in your pocket? Learn the theory behind how it decides how much to take.
  57. Unemployment and Economic Growth: Okun's Law

    Unemployment and economic growth? Okun has a law for that.
  58. It's All Related: Interest, Mortgages, the Economy

    The article looks into the relationship between the economy, interest rates and mortgage rates.
  59. Why the Purchasing Managers' Index Matters

    The Purchasing Managers' Index is a telling sign of the U.S. economy. But what is it?
  60. The Gold Standard Revisited

    Think the value of gold is unshakable? Read this chronicle of its rise and fall.
  61. Quantitative Easing: Does It Work?

    This controversial monetary policy has been used by some of the world's most powerful economies. But does it work?
  62. How Much Influence Does The Fed Have?

    Find out how current financial policies may affect your portfolio's future returns.
  63. Why Gold Matters

    Gold is a very useful investment during periods of instability and high inflation.
  64. Understanding The Treasury Yield Curve Rates

    Treasury yield curves are a leading indicator for the future state of the economy and interest rates.
  65. Which Companies Will Thrive on the Yuan

    Explore the debate on whether a fed rate hike or the exchange rate of the Chinese yuan is more important, including their ...
  66. What Determines Oil Prices?

    Changes in the price of oil aren't arbitrary. Read on to find out what moves them and why.
  67. How the U.S. Election Could Impact the Stock Market

    Discover why the next U.S. president, whether Trump or Clinton, will have significant influence over Wall Street, monetary ...
  68. Why Didn't Quantitative Easing Lead to Hyperinflation?

    Hyperinflation is an exponential rise in prices and tends to occur not when countries print too much money, but is instead ...
  69. Japan in Debt: Is It Worth Investing in This Heavy Borrower?

    Look into the economic dilemmas faced by Japan, the world's third-largest economy, mired in stagnant wage, price and gross ...
  70. Detroit's Rising Housing Market

    Discover how Detroit has turned its bankruptcy and declining real estate situation around to become a real estate market ...
  71. Why Negative Interest Rates Are Not Working

    Find out why negative interest rate policies are failing because bond buyers do not want a negative yield and saturated borrowers ...
  72. Is the Bank of Japan Failing as a Central Bank?

    The failure of Abenomics and 25+ years of the Bank of Japan's monetary policy disappointments have Japan on the brink of ...
  73. 10 Tips to Topple Student Loan Debt

    How to manage those burdensome payments as you embark on adult life.
  74. How Inflation and Unemployment Are Related

    How can inflation affect unemployment, and vice versa? Here we examine wage inflation, stagflation and the Phillips Curve.
  75. Is China Joining the Plunge Protection Team?

    Learn why official measurements may understate the true amount of credit creation in China, and how China's economic problems ...
  76. 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 ...
  77. 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 ...
  78. Goldman Sachs on the Real Cost of a Fed Hike (GS)

    Learn why Goldman Sachs believes that aggressive Fed tightening would lead to $1 trillion in bond market losses, and why ...
  79. Why Capital Outflows From China Are Inevitable

    Explore possible central bank collusion between the People's Bank of China and the U.S. Federal Reserve over future interest ...
  80. 10 Countries With The Biggest Forex Reserves

    Without adequate reserves, a nation's economy can grind to a halt. Here are the 10 nations with the biggest forex reserves. ...
  81. Lower for Longer: Wells Fargo's View on Interest Rates (WFC)

    Learn what Wells Fargo & Company believes about future U.S. interest rates and how low interest rates affect the bank's profitability.
  82. Will South Korea Devalue the Won?

    Learn why the largest countries in Asia are devaluing their currencies. Discover how South Korea may respond and what this ...
  83. 2 Reasons Why the Stock Market Leads the Economy

    Pay attention to how economic strength can follow a sustained stock market advance and how economic weakness can result from ...
  84. How the "Buy the Dip" Mentality in the Stock Market May Fade

    Consider portfolio changes for a sustained stock market drawdown, with the S&P 500 near its record high, stock valuations ...
  85. Economic Factors That Affect The Forex Market

    Knowing the factors and indicators to watch will help you keep pace in the competitive and fast-moving world of forex.
  86. An Inside Look at Morgan Stanley's S&P 500 Target (MS)

    Beware of an economic slowdown in China and possible strengthening of the U.S. dollar, because these two events could significantly ...
  87. The True Value of Gold, If You Are Rich (GLRE)

    Discover why wealthy investors should consider converting part of their portfolios to gold as a way to short the Federal ...
  88. Why Citi Says Lower Gas Prices Aren't Helping the World (C)

    Learn why lower prices of oil have done little to increase U.S. consumer spending, drive corporate earnings or increase global ...
  89. 6 Catalysts That Could Hurt Investors' Confidence

    Learn why Bank of America expects the economy to rebound, and how investors can best position themselves to take advantage ...
  90. These Will Be the World's Top Economies in 2020

    Discover the current economic forces that are anticipated to significantly shift the landscape of the world's most powerful ...
  91. Is the ECB Failing as a Central Bank?

    Deutsche Bank claims that the European Central Bank has failed. Discover the reasons for this accusation and the bank's proposed ...
  92. The Current State of the U.S. Debt

    Discover the current state of U.S. national debt, whether it's increasing or decreasing, and what is projected for the next ...
  93. 2 Catalysts for Fed Hikes That Aren't Data Driven

    Find out what catalysts that are not data-driven are likely to influence the Federal Reserve Board's rate hike decisions ...
  94. What to Do on a Long Flight: 4 Free Financial Reports to Read

    Learn about four reports that explore major macroeconomic, business and technology trends that may affect the global economy ...
  95. Are Negative Interest Rates Good or Bad?

    The jury is still out on the effectiveness of negative interest rates, and whether they help or hurt the national and global ...
  96. 3 Takeaways From Q1 2016 S&P 500 Companies' Earnings

    Explore the three key takeaways from Q1 2016 earnings reports from companies in the S&P 500, all of which indicate the potential ...
  97. Lower for Longer: Negative Yield in Corporate Bonds (BAC, JNJ)

    Discover why for the first time in history, corporate bonds will drop into negative yield territory, joining sovereign bonds ...
  98. Why the Fed Says Banking Functions Are Too Complex (JPM, BAC)

    Discover why the Federal Reserve may raise capital requirements for America's largest banks or move to limit complex derivative ...
  99. What Keeps You Up at Night, According to JP Morgan (JPM)

    Discover J.P. Morgan's four economic and political catalysts for the last half of 2016. Learn how these events may effect ...
  100. Will the Fed Raise Rates During a Profit Recession?

    Find out if another rate hike from the Federal Reserve means stocks are in for a rough year, and why corporate earnings continue ...
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