Economics Articles

  1. The History Of Capitalism: From Feudalism To Wall Street

    Find out how the economic system we now use was created.
  2. Why Are Consumers Paying The Same For Smaller Portions?

    Food portions of some products are getting smaller, but we are paying the same price. Find out why.
  3. Why Today's "Recession" Tops The Great Depression

    The financial, labor and economic statistics show the current recession is worse than most people think.
  4. 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sovereign Debt Defaults

    Sovereign debt defaults are scary, but should they be? They are actually more common than you think.
  5. The History Of Greek Sovereign Debt Defaults

    This isn't the first time Greece has been in financial trouble. Here's a brief history of the country's money woes.
  6. Why Britain Withdrew From The ERM

    Britain may have dodged a bullet, but it certainly was not an innocent bystander and still managed to become collateral damage.
  7. The Baltic Dry Index: Evaluating An Economic Recovery

    This index can provide insight into economic growth and production, but it has its critics.
  8. Why Consumer Confidence Matters

    As consumer spending is a dominant component of the U.S. economy, how consumers feel about the economy can become self-fulfilling.
  9. Countries With The Highest Taxes

    If you thought your taxes as an American were high, think again. Here's a list of the top five countries with the highest tax revenues as a percentage of GDP.
  10. Why These 3 Countries Could Be Too Risky To Invest In

    Why is being trade-dependent a problem for these countries, and how does that affect investors?
  11. The British Pound: What Every Forex Trader Needs To Know

    As a strong alternative to the dollar it is likely that the pound will remain a preeminent global currency for some time to come.
  12. Understanding Liquidity Risk

    Make sure that your trades are safe by learning how to measure the liquidity risk.
  13. Countries With The Highest Government Spending To GDP Ratio

    Does it make sense to invest in these countries with high government spending levels as a percentage of GDP?
  14. The Correlation Between Education And The Economy

    Is there a correlation between education level and a state's economic output?
  15. The Swiss Franc: What Every Forex Trader Needs To Know

    Find out what you need to know before you start trading the Swiss franc.
  16. The Misery Index: Measuring Your Misfortune

    The Misery Index measures a combination of unemployment and inflation, but what does it mean for your finances?
  17. How Interest Rates Affect The U.S. Markets

    Interest rates can have both positive and negative effects on U.S. stocks, bonds and inflation.
  18. 3 Groups of Companies that are almost a Monopoly

    A look at companies that have a monopolistic place in the marketplace, and whether or not it's a good idea to invest in them.
  19. The Next AAA Countries Headed For A Downgrade

    The next two years will continue to be volatile for many countries as they try to reign in their debt and avoid recession in the process.
  20. 4 ETF Strategies For A Down Market

    If the market's got you feeling low, these investments could pick you up.
  21. Introduction To Counterparty Risk

    Unlike a funded loan, the exposure from a credit derivative is complicated. Find out everything you need to know about counterparty risk.
  22. Can The U.S. Super Committee Solve The Debt Crisis?

    Find out about this committee's tactics and members, and see whether you think they can solve America's financial problems.
  23. Is It Eurobonds Or Bust For The Eurozone?

    Europe's central bank has its work cut out for it in the coming months, especially as it works for long term solutions.
  24. What Drives Employment?

    While numerous states, including Michigan, Florida, California, Nevada and others struggle with double-digit unemployment, we'll look at four states with above average employment.
  25. 5 Economic Effects Of Country Liberalization

    Liberalization provides new opportunities for diversification and profit.
  26. Can The U.S. Regain Its AAA Rating?

    We look at countries that have regained a AAA rating in the past, and whether the U.S. is on track to having its debt rating restored.
  27. Can Investors Trust Official Statistics?

    The official statistics in some countries need to be taken with a grain of salt. Find out why you should be skeptical.
  28. Why S&P Downgraded The U.S. And Others Did Not

    We look at the U.S. debt and see whether the recent downgrade was justified.
  29. Forex Trading The U.S. Trade Balance Figures

    Those that are able to capitalize on this rather obscure report will benefit immensely from it.
  30. Trading With VWAP And MVWAP

    Volume weighted average price (VWAP) and moving volume weighted average price (MVWAP) are trading tools that can be used by all traders to make sure they are getting the best price.
  31. When Your Money Is Worth The Most

    What factors can affect the value of your money?
  32. The Italian Crisis

    Unlike some of its troubled sister countries, Italy's financial problems are being felt globally, especially in the U.S.
  33. The European Central Bank’s Bond Buying Program

    Assisting countries like Greece and Portugal through bond purchase may be a good idea in the short term, but what happens to the ECB in the long term?
  34. The Cost Of Unemployment To The Economy

    Unemployment carries many costs, both obvious and hidden, for an economy.
  35. How The Credit Rating Downgrade Affects the U.S. Economy

    With the S&P downgrade, investors liquidate and global perception is that the U.S. is in financial trouble, but there are still those who remain cautiously optimistic.
  36. Get To Know The Major Central Banks

    The policies of these banks affect the currency market like nothing else. See what makes them tick.
  37. What You Should Know About Inflation

    Find out how this figure relates to your investment portfolio.
  38. Can The U.S. Remain Risk-Free?

    Without reform, the U.S.'s lauded social safety net could be the undoing of the world's largest economy.
  39. 7 Countries' Surprising Top Exports

    Many of us have ideas about what certain countries are "known" for such as chocolates from Belgium, but many countries export other foods or products that might surprise you.
  40. Potential Consequences Had The U.S. Defaulted

    Americans, and indeed the world, held their collective breath as the House and Senate battled over the debt ceiling, but what might have happened had they not reached an agreement?
  41. Buying Power Around The World

    It takes more than just exchange rates to explain the global differences in the price of many goods.
  42. The Gold Standard Revisited

    Think the value of gold is unshakable? Read this chronicle of its rise and fall.
  43. How To Defuse The Debt Bomb

    The risk of a U.S. debt default has been wearing on many readers' minds, so here are a few small things - and one big one - you can do to protect your assets, writes MoneyShow.com personal finance expert Terry Savage.
  44. Has Brazil's Economy Peaked?

    There are many signs Brazil is at the top of its game economically with only one way to go - down.
  45. Shield Your Portfolio From Inflation For Real Returns

    Inflation-protected securities are part of the equation, but they're not a perfect solution.
  46. Successful Ways That Governments Reduce Federal Debt

    Governments have many options when trying to reduce debt, and throughout history some of them have actually worked.
  47. 5 Inflation-Beating Bond Picks

    Look beyond traditional bonds when planning long-term. The alternatives can be extremely rewarding.
  48. Profit By Understanding Fundamental Trends

    Fundamental trends are an important driver of financial markets and every investor and entrepreneur should analyze them.
  49. China's Real Estate Bubble

    Major cracks are beginning to surface within the Chinese real estate market.
  50. 5 Reasons You Should Care About Greece

    The country is in trouble, but how does that affect your portfolio?
  51. The President's Council Of Economic Advisers

    We'll look at the history of the Council, describe its functions and explore some of its most important decisions.
  52. 5 Economies That Have Been Downgraded This Year

    Several countries have seen the rating agencies downgrade their debt this year.
  53. How Gold Affects Currencies

    There is a strong correlation between gold's value and the strength of currencies trading on foreign exchanges.
  54. The Canadian Dollar: What Every Forex Trader Needs To Know

    Canada is becoming an increasingly viable alternative to the U.S. dollar, making it more important in the forex market.
  55. A New World For Bond Investors

    The bond market has seen numerous shocks in a short period of time. What will the aftermath look like?
  56. A Practical Look At Microeconomics

    Learn how individual decision-making turns the gears of our economy.
  57. The U.S. Dollar: What Every Forex Trader Needs To Know

    The U.S. dollar is by far the most significant currency in the global market. Find out what you need to know if you want to trade it.
  58. The Basics Of Tariffs And Trade Barriers

    Everything you need to know - from the different types of tariffs to their effects on the local economy.
  59. 6 Reasons Gold Could Go Higher

    Gold seems to be everywhere, but will it really deliver the way analysts are predicting?
  60. How Equities Affect The FX Market

    We look at how you can predict a currency movement by studying the stock market.
  61. 5 Ways The United States Can Get Out Of Debt

    Can the U.S. government tighten their belt enough to dig out of this debt?
  62. The Risks Of Sovereign Bonds

    Sovereign debt can play an important role in providing international diversification to individual investors.
  63. Forex: Trading The U.S. Nonfarm Payroll Report

    The U.S. nonfarm payrolls will always serve as an important piece of news for the currency investor and trader.
  64. How Global Events Affect The Forex Market

    Learn how politics, war and natural disasters move the forex market, and how you should respond.
  65. Why You Should Not Invest In Gold In 2011

    Though gold has seen impressive growth in the last five years, this may not be the best time to jump in.
  66. Should Congress Raise The Debt Ceiling?

    Some members of Congress say the debt ceiling must be raised while others insist it's time Uncle Sam learned how to get by without any more borrowing. We'll look at the issues at stake.
  67. QE2: The End Is Near

    With the end of a major easing program in sight, there is great uncertainty about what will happen to the financial markets and larger economy.
  68. What Determines Oil Prices?

    Changes in the price of oil aren't arbitrary. Read on to find out what moves them and why.
  69. Using The ISM Manufacturing Index To Find Forex Trends

    Learn the details behind the ISM Manufacturing Index and how you can use this data to find trends in the foreign exchange market.
  70. Do You Need A Debt Ceiling?

    Debt ceilings may not be right for everyone, but they can be a useful tool.
  71. 5 Reports That Affect The British Pound

    The pound is one of the world's most popular traded currencies, and is heavily impacted by these factors.
  72. 5 Reports That Affect The U.S. Dollar

    These five reports provide short- and long-term insight into the valuation of the U.S. dollar.
  73. 5 Economic Reports That Affect The Euro

    There are hundreds of reports affecting the FX market. Find out which ones are the most relevant for traders.
  74. Why Can't Economists Agree?

    There are many reasons why economists can be given the same data and come up with entirely different conclusions.
  75. 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.
  76. Should You Buy Gold To Hedge Against U.S. Debt?

    Given America's debt situation and the current economic climate, piling into gold might seem like a no-brainer. But it isn't quite that simple.
  77. A Guide To Investing In Oil Markets

    Find out how to take advantage of this market without having to open a futures account.
  78. 4 Ways To Forecast Currency Changes

    Whether you are a business or a trader, having an exchange rate forecast to guide your decisions helps to minimize risks and maximize returns.
  79. The Factors That Will Cause $6-Per-Gallon Gas

    Find out why some analysts believe we could soon be paying six dollars per gallon for gas.
  80. What S&P's Warning On U.S. Debt Means

    A downgrade of the U.S. credit rating could have far-reaching effects across markets.
  81. Hamburger Economics: The Big Mac Index

    In theory, PPP stands up much better than it does in reality. Find out how to evaluate currencies according to the price of a Big Mac.
  82. Why Interest Rates Matter For Forex Traders

    Central banks' rate changes are one of the biggest influences on the forex market.
  83. 5 Economic Concepts Consumers Need To Know

    A solid understanding of economics helps build a strong foundation in almost every area of life.
  84. Why You Should Care About Chinese Inflation

    Because of the close ties created by global trade, China's inflation problem is our problem too.
  85. How Inflation-Fighting Techniques Affect The Currency Market

    Central banks use these strategies to calm inflation, but they can also provide longer-term clues for forex traders.
  86. The Fab Five: South Africa Joins BRIC

    South Africa's inclusion in BRIC is considered premature by some, but there could be a method to the madness.
  87. Top Stock Target Price Misfires

    Learn the details behind notable earnings estimates that drastically missed their mark.
  88. Deadly Flaws In Major Market Indicators

    These indicators give investors and experts some data to work with, but they're far from perfect measures.
  89. The Difference Between Finance And Economics

    Learn the differences between these closely related disciplines and how they inform and influence each other.
  90. Are We Losing The Middle Class?

    Find out where your income and lifestyle put you compared to the national average.
  91. How The Federal Reserve Manages Money Supply

    Find out how the Fed manages bank reserves and this contributes to a stable economy.
  92. 7 Reasons You Shouldn't Invest In Oil

    The prediction of record oil prices isn't enough to make this commodity a good investment.
  93. Protect Your Portfolio Against Inflation And Deflation

    Inflation and deflation are opposite sides of the same coin. When both are threatening, here's what to do to keep your portfolio safe.
  94. Why The Yen Is So Strong

    We look at why the yen strengthened after the tsunami and how it impacts the global economy.
  95. 5 Government Statistics You Can't Trust

    Government economic statistics carry a lot of weight, but there are some significant gaps in the methodology.
  96. 8 Basic Forex Market Concepts

    We go over some of the things you need to understand before you can trade currencies.
  97. Betting On March Madness? Watch Out For The Tax Man

    Gambling on your office bracket is one thing, but gambling on your tax bracket is another. Learn how to keep more of your winnings, while keeping the IRS happy.
  98. 4 Benefits Of Rising Oil Prices

    Although it may seem odd, higher oil prices can actually lead to some positive outcomes.
  99. March Madness Economics

    One of the greatest tournaments in basketball brings in a lot of cash.
  100. The Dangers Of Deflation

    We look at what life would be like in a deflationary environment, and what you can do to protect your investments.
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