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  1. Why Should You Own Bonds?

    We take a deeper dive into ways to ballast your portfolio with bonds to balance out equity risk.
  2. Savings Bonds Vs. CDs: Which Is Better in 2016?

    Understand what a savings bond is, what a CD is and what sets them apart from each other. Learn why a savings bond is the ...
  3. Globalization and the Butterfly Effect

    Discover how the butterfly effect applies to global capital markets and witness how chaos theory can describe market volatility.
  4. 3 Best ETFs in a Rising Rate Environment (KIE, KRE)

    Get information on a list of recommended exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that investors can use in a rising interest rate environment.
  5. Where in the World Should You Put Your Money Now?

    The U.S. stock market is reeling and interest rates remain skimpy. Nevertheless, even now there are still a few ways to get ...
  6. Latest Labor Numbers: Good News for the Market?

    Some economic numbers are indicating that the labor market is outperforming the stock market. Should investors be bullish? ...
  7. Negative Interest Rates and QE: 3 Economic Risks

    Along with quantitative easing (QE), unconventional monetary tools are meant to stimulate economic activity, growth, and ...
  8. Is the White House too Optimistic on the Economy?

    Are the White House's economic growth projections for 2016 and 2017 realistic or too optimistic?
  9. Can the Market Predict a Recession?

    Is a bear market an indication that a recession is on the horizon?
  10. Economist Guide: 5 Lessons Milton Friedman Teaches Us

    Find out what can still be learned from the late economist Milton Friedman, a Nobel prize winner and champion of free market ...
  11. How Negative Interest Rates Work

    Policymakers in Europe go for the unconventional: negative interest. What could happen?
  12. How to Ballast a Portfolio with Bonds

    If January and early February performance is any guide, there’s a new normal in financial markets today: Heightened volatility. ...
  13. The UAE: An Emerging Economy for Investors

    The learning from UAE on how it succeeded with timely diversification when the BRICS nations and the neighboring oil-rich ...
  14. 3 Times the FOMC Got It Right This Century

    Learn about three times that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and the Federal Reserve took positive steps to help ...
  15. The Truth about Productivity

    Why has labor market productivity slowed sharply around the world in recent years? One of the greatest economic mysteries ...
  16. Quantitative Easing Report Card in 2016

    Find out why quantitative easing has not worked, despite the best efforts of the Federal Reserve, and how it has fueled the ...
  17. The One Thing Your Portfolio Must Always Have

    Portfolio diversification is essential in any situation, but especially so as the market finally returns to fundamentals.
  18. The One Thing Your Portfolio Must Always Have

    Portfolio diversification is essential in any situation, but especially so as the market finally returns to fundamentals.
  19. Economist Guide: 3 Lessons Karl Marx Teaches Us

    Read about three lessons that modern economic thinkers can learn from German philosopher Karl Marx, the founding father of ...
  20. 3 Risks Emerging Markets Debt Faces in 2016

    Learn about the major risks for emerging market debt in 2016. Discover how low interest rate policies by central banks fueled ...
  21. How Interest Rates Can Go Negative

    Central banks from Europe to Japan have implemented a negative interest rate policy (NIRP) in order to stimulate economic ...
  22. The 5 Things You Never Knew About Auto Loan Rates

    Buying a new car is an important decision, and if you're a savvy auto buyer, you know that getting a good deal involves more ...
  23. U.S. Recession Without a Yield Curve Warning?

    The inverted yield curve has correctly predicted past recessions in the U.S. economy. However, that prediction model may ...
  24. The Top 5 Large Cap Core ETFs for 2016 (VUG, SPLV)

    Look out for these five ETFs in 2016, and learn why investors should closely watch how the Federal Reserve moves heading ...
  25. The 3 Best Investments When Bull Markets Slow Down

    Find out why no bull market lasts forever, and why investors should shift their assets away from growth and toward dividends ...
  26. Economist Guide: 3 Lessons Adam Smith Teaches Us

    Learn three critical lessons about economics from 18th century philosopher Adam Smith, considered by many to be the father ...
  27. Market Outlook: No Bottom Until 2017?

    These investing pros are bearish on the market in 2016. Will there be a bottom in early 2017?
  28. Is a U.S. Industrial Recession on the Horizon in 2016?

    Find out why the industrial economy may be teetering on an industrial recession and what could prevent it from going over ...
  29. Tufts Economists: TPP Will Reduce U.S. GDP

    According to economists at Tufts University, the TPP agreement will destroy half a million jobs in the U.S. by 2025.
  30. Will Silver Recover in 2016? (SLV, GLD, JJC)

    The end of the silver downtrend is likely to coincide with similar recoveries in gold, iron and copper.
  31. How China's Economy is Now Like America's

    China's economy could take the global economy down with it; why that might be good news in the grand scheme.
  32. A 2016 Outlook: What January 2009 Can Teach Us

    January 2009 and January 2016 were similar from an investment standpoint, but from a forward-looking perspective, they were ...
  33. The (Expected) Market Impact of the 2016 Election

    With primary season upon us, investor attention is beginning to turn to the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
  34. Global Headwinds Hit the 6 Biggest Economies

    As of Friday, initial estimates for fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 growth in gross domestic product (GDP) are available ...
  35. Economic Indicators: Reading Between the Lines

    On the surface, economic indicators are sending mixed signals, but what's brewing beneath the surface?
  36. Feeling Bearish? If So, You're in Good Company

    These investing practitioners and pundits earned notoriety for their accuracy; they're sending a dire warning about the global ...
  37. Three Reasons 2016 Could Be A Better Year for the Global Economy

    The diminishing commodities market and China's slowing growth hurt a lot of companies and economies worldwide. However, there ...
  38. Is it the Right Time to Raise Interest Rates?

    Warning signs have started to emerge that point to a potentially dismal 2016 for the U.S. economy.
  39. Analyzing Porter's Five Forces on Delta Airlines (DAL)

    Learn about Porter's Five Forces, a framework used to analyze external threats to companies, and discover which forces pose ...
  40. South Korea - King of Exports

    Read about one the most important and successful exporting countries in the world, and learn more about the types of products ...
  41. Volatility Vexed? See What the Experts Are Saying

    Volatile times lead to a diversity of opinions on where the market is headed. Here are takes from five investing luminaries.
  42. The January Barometer: Is it Still Relevant?

    The January Barometer has been historically accurate. Will that be the case in 2016?
  43. 3 Things That May Happen at FOMC Meeting

    We are keeping a close eye on what the Fed will say about economic outcomes and participants’ viewpoints at the FOMC meeting ...
  44. 5 Anticipated IPOs that Didn't Make it in 2015

    Pay attention to the IPO stock debt levels. Rising interest rates make debt more expensive. As the novelty of such an IPO ...
  45. 3 Charts All Investors Should See

    Given the abysmal start to the year, the defining question is whether this is another painful but temporary correction, or ...
  46. Why the Chinese Economy Impacts the U.S. So Much

    Here's how the Chinese economy, the second-largest in the world, impacts the United States.
  47. Analyzing Porter's Five Forces on Electronic Arts (EA)

    Explore Porter's Five Forces as they apply to video game producer Electronic Arts; learn which external forces pose the biggest ...
  48. Analyzing Porter's Five Forces on Verizon (VZ)

    Examine Verizon's position in the wireless service industry by considering Porter's Five Forces and determining the company's ...
  49. VC Funding for Tech Startups is Slowing: Here's Why

    Two reports released last week provide further proof that the VC funding market for startups is slowing down.
  50. Which Countries Will Drive Global Growth in 2016?

    Given the volatility that has already shaken the global economy, the world's largest economies will be leaned on to stimulate ...
  51. Performance Review: Real Estate in 2015

    Find out why there are signs of another housing bubble after a great year for real estate investors in 2015, and see some ...
  52. 3 Predictions for U.S. Stocks in 2016

    Read about predictions for the stock market in 2016. See how the energy sector and the biotech sector may be under pressure ...
  53. 3 Economic Challenges France Faces in 2016

    Learn about the three most significant economic challenges facing France in 2016. How will France implement reforms to improve ...
  54. 3 Economic Challenges Russia Faces in 2016

    Learn about the three largest challenges facing the Russian economy in 2016. How will low oil prices and high inflation impact ...
  55. 2 Opportunities Amid Today’s Market Volatility

    As you prepare your portfolio for the market volatility ahead this year, here are a few investing ideas to consider.
  56. How Will Rate Hikes Impact The Banking Sector?

    Banks traditionally rally in a rising rate environment but it may be different this time around.
  57. Why You Should Keep Your Equity Sails Flying

    Why leave money in equities and risk another year of lost opportunity, when fixed income securities seem to be on the road ...
  58. The Fed's Interest Rate Rise & Your Credit Cards

    The U.S. Federal Reserve recently raised the lending rate from 0% to 0.25% – the first time since 2006. How does that affect ...
  59. Mozilla To Stop Developing Firefox OS Phones, Upsetting No One

    Firefox OS is dead, or is it still alive? Here’s the reality check, and what is left for Mozilla and its Firefox operating ...
  60. Is it Time to Buy Emerging Markets ETFs?

    Does the poor performance of emerging markets, particularly China, present a buying opportunity with ETFs?
  61. These Currencies Are The Biggest Losers Of The Stock Downturn

    Here’s a list of the hardest-hit currencies amid the global stock market mayhem.
  62. 4 Ways to Short China with ETFs

    If the Chinese economy proves to be a house of cards, here are a few ways to trade it.
  63. A Brief History of International Trade Agreements

    Since the mercantilist era, world trade has become increasingly multilateral, but since WW2 there has been a definite rise ...
  64. The Best ADRs To Watch Out For In 2016

    A look at some Chinese and Indian ADRs on U.S. exchanges that investors can bet on in 2016.
  65. The High Growth Potential of Brazil's Pharma Market

    With high growth in the last decade, can Brazil’s pharmaceutical market sustain its momentum in future?
  66. The Efficient Market Hypothesis: Settling the Great Debate

    An understanding of neuroscience and the decision-making process provides a resolution to the decades-old debate between ...
  67. Investing in U.S. Stocks Vs. International Stocks in 2016

    Examine the case for investing in more international stocks versus U.S.-based stocks as the markets enter the 2016 trading ...
  68. Index Funds Explained

    Indexing strategies have been around for long, but many investors still don’t understand what a powerful tool they can be ...
  69. How to Advise Clients in a Rising Rate Environment

    In the wake of the anticipated rate hike advisors should help clients reassess their portfolios. Here's how.
  70. New York's Economy: The 6 Industries Driving GDP Growth

    Learn about the six most influential industries in New York, the most economically productive city in the country, and home ...
  71. 4 Economic Challenges South Korea Faces in 2016

    Learn about the economic challenges South Korea faces in 2016. Discover the impacts of currency fluctuations, the Chinese ...
  72. The Marshall Plan and the Revitalization of Post War Europe

    The Marshall Plan helped revive the economies of Western Europe after WWII largely by reforms that created greater economic ...
  73. Export-Led Growth Strategies Through History

    Export-led growth has been a dominant paradigm for industrial development over the last 40 years, but the future may need ...
  74. Hedge Funds: Idiosyncratic Challenges to Fade

    With shifting monetary policy, we see renewed potential across many hedge fund strategies.
  75. What Saudi-Iranian Tensions Mean for Oil Prices

    The recent break in diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran adds complications to the already chaotic environment ...
  76. Discover the Economic Events That Lie Ahead

    2016 is poised to be a very interesting year macro-economic-wise: China is on the ropes, the Fed has shifted gears and inflation ...
  77. (EWT, FTW, QTWN) 3 Best Taiwan ETFs for 2016

    Examine detailed analysis of three exchange-traded funds that track the Taiwan equity market, and learn about the characteristics ...
  78. New Mexico's Economy: The 6 Industries Driving GDP Growth

    Discover the four primary industries that are considered to be the most important drivers in the well-being of the economy ...
  79. (ENOR, NORW) 2 Best Norway ETFs for 2016

    Learn about the top two exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, that track the Norway equity market, and explore analyses of their ...
  80. (AFK, EZA, GAF) 3 Best Africa ETFs for 2016

    Explore detailed analysis of the top three exchange-traded funds that track the African companies, and learn the type of ...
  81. 3 Economic Challenges Argentina Faces in 2016

    Learn about three challenges that the Argentine economy faces. How will President Macri manage capital controls, investor ...
  82. 5 States with the Lowest GDPs Per Capita

    Learn about the top five states that have the lowest real gross domestic products (GDPs): Mississippi, Idaho, South Carolina, ...
  83. Economics of Owning a Bar

    Understand what costs go into starting and running a bar, as well as what earnings can be expected. Learn whether or not ...
  84. 3 Reasons Southwest Is Growing Faster than Its Competitors (LUV)

    Understand how Southwest Airlines operates and what makes it different from competitors. Learn three reasons why it's growing ...
  85. How the Presidents Rate on Investment Performance

    During which U.S. presidency did stocks, bonds, and cash perform best? Let's take a look and find out why.
  86. Keep Calm and Carry on: The Investopedia State of the Union

    Investopedia readers are well educated market participants who seek to become sophisticated investors. By collecting data ...
  87. 4 Global Economic Issues of an Aging Population

    Discover why dramatic increases in life expectancy is creating significant socioeconomic challenges for many advanced industrialized ...
  88. How Will Raising Taxes on the 1% Make a Difference?

    What would happen if taxes were raised (even by a small degree) on the highest earners?
  89. 3 Financial Crises in the 21st Century

    Take a look at several of the most prominent financial crises of the 21st century, and understand why the Great Recession ...
  90. The Top 5 Global Equity ETFs for 2016 (IXJ, VT)

    Take a closer look at five global equity ETFs poised to do well in 2016, and learn why there are always opportunities for ...
  91. Why Are Global Markets Freaking Out? A Markets Explainer

    Stock markets around the world are off to their worst year ever, but understanding what stocks are will take the mystery ...
  92. 3 Reasons To Be Flexible When Investing For Retirement

    Retirement investing can't be something you set and forget. If you aren't flexible, you could end up with a savings shortfall, ...
  93. The Top 5 ETFs to Track the S&P 500 for 2016 (VOO, RPV)

    Learn about five S&P 500-tracking ETFs that may be positioned for a strong 2016, especially in light of the Federal Reserve ...
  94. How Investors are Thinking about Climate Risk

    Learn about the four macroeconomic trends focusing on climate risk and sustainability discussed in the most recent Paris ...
  95. The Top 5 High-Yield Bond ETFs for 2016 (SJNK, SHYG)

    Read about five high-yield ETFs that are well-positioned to survive if the Federal Reserve decides to raise interest rates ...
  96. 6 Factors That Point to Global Recession in 2016

    We may be on the verge of another global recession.
  97. India: A Bright Spot in Today's Global Investment Landscape

    India, the best performing economy of 2015, has all it takes to maintain high growth momentum and ensure high returns for ...
  98. What's Ahead For The Russell-2000 Index in 2016?

    The Russell-2000 ended 2015 with a loss after failing a breakout to an all-time high.
  99. Grading Janet Yellen

    Read a review of how Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen performed in her tenure as head of the Federal Reserve, and why it is more ...
  100. The Impact of the Fed Interest Rate Hike

    The Federal Reserve recently raised benchmark interest rates. With much attention on the Fed's policy, here's what happens ...
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