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  1. 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 ...
  2. Why the 10-Year US Treasury Rates Are Crucial

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

    A look at the top 10 economies in the world.
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. Up for Debate: Political Risk

    Managing political risks cost-effectively is difficult but today portfolio managers need to give it serious thought.
  9. Will Central Banks Look to New Tools?

    With a couple weeks to digest the Brexit vote, we see some key takeaways tied to the market rebound.
  10. Not Crazy: Unconventional Monetary Policy

    Unconventional monetary policy, such as quantitative easing, can be used to jump-start economic growth and spur demand.
  11. Our Outlook for the Second Half

    What’s in store for the second half? Around 90 BlackRock portfolio managers and executives recently gathered to discuss the ...
  12. Why is Deflation Bad for the Economy?

    Deflation can adversely affect the economy in significant ways.
  13. 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 ...
  14. Minimum Volatility Strategies in a Post-Brexit World

    Using Brexit as an example to show how minimum volatility strategies work and why they deserve more of your attention.
  15. How a Weaker Pound Could Absorb Market Shocks

    Markets remain nervous after Brexit, which sent the British pound plummeting. Yet, we point out some of the long-term benefits ...
  16. How Interest Rates Work On Car Loans

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

    Economic moats can protect companies from their competitors.
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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.
  20. Unemployment and Economic Growth: Okun's Law

    Unemployment and economic growth? Okun has a law for that.
  21. Chart of the Week: The Investing Implications Beyond Brexit

    Chief Investment Strategist Richard Turnill explains the economic landscape we now expect post-Brexit and how we have updated ...
  22. Why are Investors Refusing to Let Go of Their Safety Blanket?

    Russ describes why the “risk “off” assets are thriving despite the “risk on” post Brexit vote.
  23. It's All Related: Interest, Mortgages, the Economy

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

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

    Think the value of gold is unshakable? Read this chronicle of its rise and fall.
  26. 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?
  27. How Interest Rates Affect The Stock Market

    Whether you're buying lunch, a home or a stock, you're influenced by interest rates.
  28. How Much Influence Does The Fed Have?

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

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

    Treasury yield curves are a leading indicator for the future state of the economy and interest rates.
  31. 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 ...
  32. What Determines Oil Prices?

    Changes in the price of oil aren't arbitrary. Read on to find out what moves them and why.
  33. 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 ...
  34. What’s the US Yield Curve Signaling?

    In recent weeks, the difference in yields between 10-year and 2-year U.S. Treasuries has hit post financial crisis lows, ...
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. What’s Next for the Eurozone After Brexit

    We explain the significance in a post-Brexit world of the U.K.'s vote to leave the EU just days before the start of a 15-month ...
  38. Detroit's Rising Housing Market

    Discover how Detroit has turned its bankruptcy and declining real estate situation around to become a real estate market ...
  39. 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 ...
  40. 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 ...
  41. 10 Tips to Topple Student Loan Debt

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

    How can inflation affect unemployment, and vice versa? Here we examine wage inflation, stagflation and the Phillips Curve.
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. What Happened to the Bull Market?

    Stocks suffered a horrific sell-off following the surprise vote by the UK to exit the EU. But what happened to the bull market? ...
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. 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. ...
  50. 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.
  51. 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 ...
  52. 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 ...
  53. 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 ...
  54. Why the Fed’s Job is All the More Complicated

    The Fed revealed that it will take a more dovish approach to normalizing its federal funds rate, but still left the door ...
  55. Britain Votes to Leave the EU

    Market turmoil could create opportunity, but this time the opinion polls got it right.
  56. 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.
  57. 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 ...
  58. 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 ...
  59. 5 Key Takeaways From the Brexit Vote

    We see five key takeaways from the UK’s 52% to 48% vote to break with the European Union (EU), and the lasting consequences ...
  60. The Emerging Market Opportunity in a Yield Drought

    Learn why investors face the choice of either accepting lower income or increasing risk in their bond portfolios in the search ...
  61. Chart of the Week: Where to Find Opportunities in a Post-Brexit World

    This week’s chart helps explains where to potentially find attractive value in a post-Brexit world.
  62. What Data Can Tell Us About the Brexit Vote

    BlackRock’s Scientific Active Equity team compiled several key data points for an internal live dashboard to better understand ...
  63. 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 ...
  64. 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 ...
  65. 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 ...
  66. 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 ...
  67. 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 ...
  68. 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 ...
  69. 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 ...
  70. 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 ...
  71. 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 ...
  72. 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 ...
  73. 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 ...
  74. 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 ...
  75. 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 ...
  76. How Brexit Would Impact Ireland’s Economy

    The potential separation of Britain from the European Union (Brexit) stands to affect Ireland, a rapidly growing emerging ...
  77. Should Retirees Pin Their Hopes on a Rate Hike?

    The Fed’s plan to start raising rates later this year might help, but it's unlikely to be a panacea for fixed-income investors. ...
  78. How Banks Set Interest Rates on Your Loans

    Many factors go into how banks set interest rates for loans. Use this information to negotiate the best possible rate when ...
  79. International Bonds are Worth Another Look

    We explain how a global bond portfolio can offer more than a U.S.-only portfolio can.
  80. 5 Central Banks That Are Publicly Traded

    Learn about five central banks that have publicly traded shares. Explore shareholder voting and dividend rights for public ...
  81. How the Underground Economy Affects GDP

    Find out how the underground, or shadow, economy affects the accuracy of the calculation of a country's gross domestic product ...
  82. How Real Estate Could Be Impacted by Negative Interest Rates

    Learn how to gain insight into the way negative interest rates affect real estate markets and how these rates could affect ...
  83. Five Rules to Improve Your Financial Health

    Learn five broad personal finance rules that can help get you on track to achieving specific financial goals.
  84. Opko's mangement and pipeline makes it a solid buy (OPK)

    Top analyst Ronnie Moas points to Opko's strong management and vibrant pipeline as reasons to be bullish on the stock.
  85. China Real Estate: Lawsuits Are Increasing, Price Is Stabilizing

    Examine Chinese real estate data to understand the geographical dynamics of recovery. What does lawsuit volume indicate about ...
  86. Chart of the Week: The Global Dynamic That’s Pushing Yields Lower

    Find out why global bond yields continue their downward trend to two things: easy central bank policy and Brexit-induced ...
  87. Central Bankers' Role in Keynesian Economics

    Learn about the role of monetary policy in Keynesian economics, and examine how central banks impacted aggregate demand in ...
  88. How Low Interest Rates Affect the British Economy

    Explore the impact of historically low interest rates on the British economy, while discovering the reasons for and against ...
  89. A Red Flag to the U.S. Equity Market: Rate Hikes

    Discover why the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates in 2016, why that might be necessary and why equity markets might ...
  90. Not Wailing, but Shrugging

    Learn about how bottom-up is back as the markets take big macro data in stride.
  91. How Low Interest Rates Are Hurting Private Tech Companies (GS)

    Discover how the Federal Reserve's low interest rate policy is harming the private technology market, possibly creating another ...
  92. 5 Reasons Why Currency Manipulation Matters for Average Investors

    Find out why the Treasury Department identified five potential offenders of currency manipulation, and see how this affects ...
  93. Why this Emerging Region Has Room to Grow

    Learn how disruptive innovation could lead to powerful changes in Latin America and create economic opportunities for more ...
  94. Why the Middle Class Is Not Feeling the Wealth Effect

    Discover why most middle-class Americans feel left behind by the U.S. recovery, and why federal policy might be a major reason ...
  95. Why the U.S. Middle Class is Hit Hardest by Rise in Rent (Z)

    Find out how the middle class is being squeezed more so than the poor as a result of rapidly rising rent prices across the ...
  96. Did the Fed Change Its Stance on Rate Hikes?

    Find out what the Federal Reserve Board is doing regarding interest rate hikes, as well as if it has changed its stance on ...
  97. How to Hedge Against Negative Interest Rates (GLD, GDX)

    Find out why Stanley Druckenmiller believes negative interest rates are dangerous, why the bull market may be ending and ...
  98. Why Money Flow From Japan Matters to the U.S. Equity Market

    Discover why Japanese savers and investors may have a lot to say about the future of the U.S. equity market, and why the ...
  99. Why a Strong U.S. Manufacturing Industry Matters (UTX)

    Consider manufacturing’s contributions to employment and GDP growth by engaging other industries, both upstream and downstream, ...
  100. The Dividend Stock Story, in One Chart

    This week’s chart shows how U.S. dividend stocks have outperformed the S&P 500 over the past year.
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