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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. Has the Age of Secular Stagnation Arrived?

    Secular stagnation is an interesting model, but it's not the last word on our economic situation.
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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. ...
  6. 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, ...
  7. How Currency Works

    Currency offers key advantages over economies based on direct trade. It provides sellers with a broader market for their ...
  8. 4 Global Economic Issues of an Aging Population

    Discover why dramatic increases in life expectancy is creating significant socioeconomic challenges for many advanced industrialized ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. How Unconventional Monetary Policy Works

    Unconventional monetary policy, such as quantitative easing, can be used to jump-start economic growth and spur demand.
  11. 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 ...
  12. The Importance of the Purchasing Managers' Index

    The Purchasing Managers' Index is a telling sign of the U.S. economy. But what is it?
  13. U.K. Real Estate Funds Forced to Freeze Assets

    Since the Brexit, U.K.-based commercial real estate funds have been hammered, losing value as investors scramble to pull ...
  14. How Much Influence Does The Fed Have?

    Find out how current financial policies may affect your portfolio's future returns.
  15. Understanding The Treasury Yield Curve Rates

    Treasury yield curves are a leading indicator for the future state of the economy and interest rates.
  16. How To Pass The U.S. Citizenship Test

    A guide to the U.S. citizenship test for immigrants.
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. The Decline of the Middle Class: An Inside Look

    Find out what is behind the decline of the middle class in America and how the hourglass economy may effect consumption.
  20. State Bankruptcy: Will Connecticut Be Next?

    Discover why Connecticut is one of the few states most at risk of default, while considering the fiscal decisions that led ...
  21. Are Retiring Baby Boomers Red Flags to the U.S. Equity Market?

    Find out how the mass migration of 77 million baby boomers into retirement may affect the stock market and whether a crisis ...
  22. Industrials Sector: Industries Snapshot (XLI, BA)

    Discover the 12 industries that comprise the industrials sector of the Standard and Poor's 500 Index, and learn which key ...
  23. What's an Average Costco Consumer Like? (COST)

    Find out about the typical consumers who shop at Costco, how much they earn, and why they spend more there than at other ...
  24. How Interest Rates Affect the Housing Market

    Understand how rate changes can affect home prices and learn how you can keep up.
  25. What Increasing Tech Layoffs Mean For Silicon Valley (YHOO, ADSK)

    Find out the reasons for layoffs by Bay area tech companies in 2016. Learn which factors indicate that the regional job market ...
  26. Amazon vs. Big Retail—Investor Optimism is Changing (WAL,AMZN)

    Investopedia columnists Richard Peterson and Tate Hayes on the enduring importance of a "smile" in retail.
  27. The Top 3 Twitter Shareholders (TWTR)

    Discover the top three owners of Twitter shares and learn how they accumulated their positions through the evolution of the ...
  28. George Friedman: China Is A Declining Power

    While conventional wisdom would tell you that China is a great play on long-term economic growth, George Friedman thinks ...
  29. How Healthy Are Costco's Financials Versus Its Peers? (COST)

    Find out why Costco's financials may be healthier than those of its peers, especially regarding inventory turnover, debt ...
  30. Why $15 Minimum Wage Might Not Be Good News for Anyone (MCD, DPZ)

    Discover why the minimum wage isn't the panacea it is made out to be, and how artificial wage increases strain businesses ...
  31. Why the Stock Market Isn't Affected by Slow GDP Growth

    Learn how the stock market reached new levels in the years following the financial crisis, even though U.S. economic conditions ...
  32. Airlines Begin to Feel the Effects of Terrorism (RYAAY, DAL)

    Most major airlines are starting to see the financial effect from recent terrorist activity in Europe.
  33. The Industry Handbook: Software Industry

    Discover how the software industry has changed throughout the years to become a mainstay for businesses from programming ...
  34. Consumer Discretionary Sector: Industries Snapshot

    Discover the consumer discretionary sector, industries within this sector and companies producing goods that fall under the ...
  35. Walmart Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (WMT)

    Find out which suppliers generate large portions of their revenues from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and why their relationships ...
  36. Global Utilities: 4 Key Industry Players (EONGY, ENLAY)

    Discover utility companies that are global key industry players based on annual sales, and obtain a brief description and ...
  37. Target Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (TGT)

    Learn where the majority of Target Corporation's suppliers operate and the top five individual suppliers that generate most ...
  38. Global Retail Trade: 4 Key Industry Players (WMT, CVS)

    Discover the retail companies that are global key industry players based on annual sales, and gain a brief description and ...
  39. (MO) Who are Altria's Main Competitors?

    Learn about the financial profile of Altria Group and three of its competitors. Discover why these companies have performed ...
  40. What Countries Spend On Antiterrorism

    It would be an understatement to say that no country's anti-terrorism budget has decreased in the last two decades. Here ...
  41. What a Slowing Chinese Economy Means to Africa

    China is Africa's largest trading partner. What does China's slowing growth mean for the continent?
  42. How Interest Rates Affect The U.S. Markets

    Interest rates can have both positive and negative effects on U.S. stocks, bonds and inflation.
  43. The Biggest Losers From China's Slowdown

    A look at how China's slowdown is impacting countries around the world.
  44. Target Red Card: What You Need to Know (TGT)

    Target Corp’s Red Card is fantastically popular and a win-win for shoppers and the retailer.
  45. 3 Times the WTO Got It Right This Century

    Learn how the World Trade Organization (WTO) is facilitating landmark trade agreements that benefit both corporations and ...
  46. Quantitative Easing is Now a Fixture, Not a Temporary Patch

    Rather than being a temporary patch, QE is now a fixture in global economic policy, for good or for bad.
  47. Costco Alienates Single Shoppers (COST)

    Costco has been ignoring the needs of single shoppers for decades. This strategy has to change as the number of single-person ...
  48. Wal-Mart's Wage Increase Has Potential Drawbacks for Workers (WMT)

    Wal-Mart workers were overjoyed to hear that they would receive $10 an hour. However, there are significant non-financial ...
  49. The Hardest Hit by Wal-Mart Store Closures (WMT)

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc's (WMT) store closures affected thousands of people aside from the 16,000 laid-off workers.
  50. 3 Reasons Why North Korea Is Important in 2016

    Learn three areas where North Korea has the potential to disrupt the markets of the Asia-Pacific region and sour the U.S.-China ...
  51. Macroeconomic Forces That Will Control Markets in 2016

    Learn why several basic macroeconomic factors will control the direction of stock and bond markets in 2016.
  52. The Top Financial Events of 2015

    In thinking back on last year, the underlying story of 2015 is actually a positive surprise.
  53. Why Target's Express Store Concept is Flourishing (TGT)

    Target has found success with its TargetExpress store concept. Why are the small-sized stores so popular?
  54. Economist Guide: 4 Lessons Warren Buffett Teaches Us

    Learn how Warren Buffett's most famous investment advice can teach investors to manage their own money and practices.
  55. Economist Guide: 5 Lessons John Maynard Keynes Teaches Us

    Read about the paradoxical and confusing world of John Maynard Keynes, including the lessons modern economists can still ...
  56. 7 States with the Healthiest Labor Markets in 2016

    Find out which states are will have the healthiest labor markets in 2016. The oil states are falling, while states in the ...
  57. Why BRIC Nations Failed to Surpass G7 Economies

    What led the much touted BRIC economies to fail? Here's a sneak peek into the factors that collapsed the prospects of BRIC ...
  58. 5 Financial Threats to Watch in 2016 

    There is no shortage of worrying news in the global economy for 2016.
  59. Investment Fundamentals: S&P 500 Index Vs. Russell 1000 Index

    Learn about the similarities and differences between the S&P 500 and the Russell 1000 indices, and discover why investors ...
  60. The 2016 Presidential Election: 1% Vs. 99%

    Learn how the economy has become the key factor in the 2016 election, and which candidates are favored by the top 1% and ...
  61. Will Consumer Spending Save the Economy? (FIT, CZR)

    This week will hold incredibly important clues to the state of the American consumer. Be prepared.
  62. How Effective Are Russian Sanctions ?

    Russia’s Eurobond issuance is an important one to watch to get a sense where the sanctions regime is going next
  63. Industries that Could Benefit from Stricter Gun Control Laws

    Some anticipate that stricter gun control laws could reduce the revenue of the firearm industry, but funds not spent on guns ...
  64. Do Declining Corporate Margins Point To Recession in 2016?

    Learn how declining profit margins have foretold nearly every recession of the past 50 years, and analyze whether they may ...
  65. Why the USSR Collapsed Economically

    While initially experiencing rapid economic growth, the Soviet command economy collapsed after it grew more complex.
  66. Brexit Uncertainties Dominate EU Summit

    This week's EU summit in Brussels has the world's attention as a Brexit may hinge on David Cameron's ability to secure a ...
  67. Beer of the Month Subscription Review: Is It Worth It?

    Learn how you can get access to some of the best craft beers produced in the world, delivered right to your front door every ...
  68. 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 ...
  69. How Negative Interest Rates Work

    Policymakers in Europe go for the unconventional: negative interest. What could happen?
  70. 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 ...
  71. 3 Reasons Iran is Important in 2016

    Learn about how the global economy and Iran will be affected by the recently lifted trade embargo and sanctions from Iran, ...
  72. How Bernie Sanders Has Avoided Big Money (Mostly)

    Bernie Sanders hasn't entirely avoided PACs with his fundraising, but he has gotten a lot of bang for the buck
  73. Wal-Mart's Biggest Liability: Labor Costs (WMT)

    Wal-Mart's biggest expense is its labor and the retailer needs to take serious action to reduce this cost.
  74. 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 ...
  75. Hillary Clinton's Liberal Orthodoxy

    Clinton's economic agenda laid out in July is divided into three broad groups: strong growth, fair growth and long-term growth. ...
  76. Is Brazil Currently in a Depression?

    Find out if Brazil, the world's seventh-largest economy, may have finally slipped into an economic depression, and learn ...
  77. Plated Review, Is It Worth It?

    Take a closer look at the ready-to-cook meal service, Plated, and learn how the company can help you take the hassle out ...
  78. Trump vs. Bloomberg: How They Compare

    If Bloomberg enters the presidential race how will he compare to billionaire brethren Trump?
  79. 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 ...
  80. 4 Ways China Influences Global Economics

    Learn the four ways China's economy can influence the global economy. The recent decline in Chinese stock markets should ...
  81. Global Economy: Three Reasons 2016 Could Be A Better Year

    The diminishing commodities market and China's slowing growth hurt a lot of companies and economies worldwide. However, there ...
  82. Why the Chinese Economy Matters So Much to the U.S.

    Here's how the Chinese economy, the second-largest in the world, impacts the United States.
  83. What is the American Dream in 2016?

    The American Dream is still alive and well, but it looks very different than it used to.
  84. 3 Economic Challenges India Faces in 2016

    Learn why India's economy is held back by ingrained core problems that will take a generation to change despite recent favorable ...
  85. 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 ...
  86. 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 ...
  87. How Will Rate Hikes Impact The Banking Sector?

    Banks traditionally rally in a rising rate environment but it may be different this time around.
  88. How IKEA Makes Money

    An IKEA executive made a comment that would have rankled investors (were IKEA not privately held). Here's what he (probably) ...
  89. Is It the Right Time to Invest in China?

    A crash in August and a partial recovery thereafter. What's driving China's markets, and are Chinese investments still a ...
  90. The Russian Economy Since the Collapse of the Soviet Union

    Russia's economy has had its ups and downs since the fall of the USSR, but it is clear that it needs to be weaned off its ...
  91. 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 ...
  92. The Profits of Paradise: The Top 4 Economies of the Caribbean

    A look at some of the most dynamic economies in the Caribbean region.
  93. 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 ...
  94. A Brief History of U.S. Banking Regulation

    From the establishment of the First Bank of the United States to Dodd-Frank, American banking regulation has followed the ...
  95. Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST): 2015 Recap

    A look at Costco's highs and lows in 2015.
  96. 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 ...
  97. 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 ...
  98. 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 ...
  99. 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 ...
  100. 4 Economic Challenges Mexico Faces in 2016

    Learn how the Mexican economy improved in 2015 and why 2016 looks like a repeat. Find out why the biggest drag on the economy ...
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