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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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. ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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 ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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, ...
  21. 3 Catalysts for U.S. Equity Market Correction (KMI, SWN)

    Find out what hedge fund manager David Tepper and other top market analysts foresee for the U.S. economy and the stock market ...
  22. How Interest Rates Affect the Housing Market

    Understand how rate changes can affect home prices and learn how you can keep up.
  23. 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 ...
  24. Negative Interest Rates: Good or Bad for American Banks? (PNC, C)

    Learn why net interest margin is so important to banks, and uncover the potential impact a change in interest rate policy ...
  25. Did the G20 Agree on a New Plaza Accord in Shanghai?

    Learn all about a possible secret "Plaza Accord" made at the Shanghai G20 meetings to intervene and push the U.S. dollar ...
  26. Why PIMCO Says China's Growth Is Capped

    Examine five factors that limit PIMCO's forecasts for GDP growth in China. How do real estate, equity markets, policy efficacy, ...
  27. Why High Levels of Household Borrowing Is Not Concerning

    Discover how global debt levels have risen beyond the 2008 financial crisis levels and learn how the current interest rate ...
  28. Why the American Middle Class is Shrinking

    Discover why the American middle class is shrinking and why that is probably good thing, although the Fed might be funneling ...
  29. Portugal Economics: 4 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Learn about the similarities and differences between the economic woes of Portugal and Greece, and get some statistics and ...
  30. Why New Overtime Rules May Hurt Workers

    Discover why the Obama administration's new overtime rules may end up hurting businesses, slowing economic growth and punishing ...
  31. Why Lloyd Blankfein Has a Positive Outlook on the Economy (GS)

    Avoid unpleasant surprises by paying attention to economic data relied upon by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) when ...
  32. Will an Inverted Yield Curve Happen Again?

    Explore the causes of inverted yield curves, their frequency, their accuracy in forecasting recessions and whether this type ...
  33. The Top 5 Ways to Hedge Against Inflation

    Here are five ways to hedge against inflation if it reappears on the horizon.
  34. Why Interest Rates Have Been Low for So Long

    Learn of several competing explanations about why the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates so low in the United States ...
  35. Rising Economy, But Rising Suicide Rate. Why?

    There are various reasons why suicides are increasing, but some believe that long-term economic trends that hinder the less-educated ...
  36. PIMCO Report: China, Commodities and Central Banks

    Learn about PIMCO's global economic outlook as of April 2016. Find out how China, commodities and central banks are influencing ...
  37. U.S. Consumer Spending Weak Despite Low Gas Prices (M)

    Find out why American consumers are spending less and saving more, and why that might actually be a good thing for the whole ...
  38. Japan's Nonperforming Loans Cap Future Growth

    Discover why Japan is lying about its banking sector, and how protecting underperforming Japanese businesses is stunting ...
  39. Why the TIPS Rally Might Not Be Real

    The influx of money into TIPS that ended in April is probably not an indicator that real inflation is on the horizon.
  40. Is the Fed Trying to Minimize the Next Stock Market Crash?

    Find out why the Federal Reserve wants to retroactively alter qualified financial contracts between big banks and investment ...
  41. 3 Industries That Benefit from Low Interest Rates (LEN,EXPE,NFLX)

    The industries that benefit the most from low interest rates are home builders and home-improvement retailers; the consumer ...
  42. Why the Wealth Effect Is Decelerating

    Discover why the Dallas Fed believes the wealth effect shrunk after the Great Recession, and why the wealth effect might ...
  43. Are TIPS a Good Buy Right Now?

    TIPS are trading at a big discount making this a good time to get into these instruments for those who believe that inflation ...
  44. Global Utilities: Exploring Revenue Trends & Fundamentals

    Analyze global revenue exposure in the utilities sector to learn about the impact of currency, regulation and economic growth ...
  45. Italy Economics: 4 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Learn about the similarities and differences between the economic woes of Italy and Greece, and get some statistics and economic ...
  46. Growth in Australia? 3 Thoughts from PIMCO

    Learn how Australia avoided recession after the global financial crisis. Discover PIMCO's thoughts on Australia's growth ...
  47. High-Yield Bond ETFs: 3 Reasons to Avoid Them

    Examine high-yield bond performance in 2016. Why do rising default rates, falling recovery rates and Fed rate hikes make ...
  48. Spain's Economics: 3 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Discover why the Spanish economy continues to suffer from devastating unemployment figures, and why a serious approach to ...
  49. Deflation and Debt: Is the United States the New Japan?

    Discover how mainstream macroeconomics has failed Japan and why the United States should take care to avoid Japan's borrow, ...
  50. The Share Buyback Report: The Consumer Discretionary Sector (XLY)

    Analyze historical share repurchase data for the discretionary sector and identify the financial and economic factors that ...
  51. Insights Into Robert Schiller's Recession Studies

    Find out what Professor Robert Shiller of Yale University has to say about recessions, what causes them and why human psychology ...
  52. Microeconomics vs. Macroeconomics: Which Is More Useful for Investment?

    Find out why investors are better off ignoring macroeconomic forecasts, and should instead focus on the lessons that microeconomics ...
  53. Why Low Oil Prices Don't Always Mean Low Gas Prices

    Find out why gasoline prices do not always decline with oil prices. Learn about the impact of the refining process, taxes ...
  54. How Interest Rates Work On A Mortgage

    A step-by-step explanation of the interest calculations, mortgage types, and how the loan is eventually "retired" – which ...
  55. Global Energy: Exploring Revenue Trends & Fundamentals

    Examine global energy sector revenue data by country and region, and identify geographical trends and analyze forecasts related ...
  56. Why Earnings Results Have Not Mattered to the U.S. Equity Markets

    Discover why the U.S. stock market is probably in an asset bubble, how stock prices became detached from the fundamentals ...
  57. How the Bank of Japan Now Owns 90% of the Top 10 Stocks (BOJ)

    Discover how the Bank of Japan ended up as a top 10 shareholder in 200 of the 225 companies listed on the Nikkei 225 stock ...
  58. France Economics: 4 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Learn about the similarities and differences between the economic woes of France and Greece, and get some statistics and ...
  59. Japan's Case Study: Diminished Effects on QE

    Examine more than 25 years of Japanese expansionary policy, both fiscal and monetary, to see why quantitative easing hasn't ...
  60. The Best 2 ETFs for a Rate Hike (XLF,UUP)

    These two ETFs have potential to move higher if the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates.
  61. 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 ...
  62. Minimum Wage Increase: Will Technology Help Margins for U.S. Companies? (MCD, MSFT)

    Discover why the $15 per hour minimum wage movement may unintentionally be sowing the seeds for a new crop of jobs-stealing ...
  63. How the Credit Market Impacts the Stock Market

    Discover why some analysts believe stock market prices are actually driven by demand for yields in credit markets, and why ...
  64. Why Inflation Feels Higher Than the Fed's Target Rate

    Follow the monthly readings on core PCE inflation in the Personal Income and Outlays reports to understand the Federal Reserve's ...
  65. What Druckenmiller Is Saying About the U.S. Pension System

    Assess the sustainability of the Social Security system in the United States based on Stanley Druckenmiller's warnings. How ...
  66. Global Consumer Services: Exploring Revenue Trends & Fundamentals

    Examine global consumer service revenue data to determine which countries and regions have the most exposure. Identify trends ...
  67. Seriously, What is Helicopter Money?

    Helicopter money is making waves amid zero and negative interest rates prevailing in major economies. Here’s how it works.
  68. 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 ...
  69. Global Industrial Services: Exploring Revenue Trends & Fundamentals

    Analyze geographical industrial service sector data to determine which factors influence revenue exposure by country and ...
  70. Global Retail Trade: Exploring Revenue Trends & Fundamentals

    Explore data on global geographical retail sector revenue exposure, and identify factors driving retail consumption and trends ...
  71. PIMCO Report: 3 Thoughts on Recession

    Find out what PIMCO's March 2016 Macro Perspectives report says about the likelihood of recession in 2016 and the years thereafter.
  72. Global Industrial Services: 3 Key Industry Players (ETE, 601668)

    Obtain a better understanding of the key global companies within the industrial services sector, and which goods and services ...
  73. PIMCO Report: 4 Views on the 2016 Market and Beyond

    Learn about PIMCO's outlook for capital markets in 2016, and find out which factors will dominate investment strategies in ...
  74. Is The TPP Dead?

    The TPP isn’t officially dead, but it has been convicted in the court of public opinion and is waiting on death row.
  75. Ray Dalio Report: The Economic Machine and Where We Are Now

    See why hedge fund manager Ray Dalio thinks he's figured out business cycles and why the simplest answer might not always ...
  76. Did We Reach a Ceiling to Fuel Growth by Borrowing?

    Find out how years of low interest rates and high borrowing have left the world economy with anemic growth and unprecedented ...
  77. How the Weapons Trade is Killing It in the U.S. (RTN, LMT)

    Find out the reasons why the weapons trade is expanding abroad and in the United States, and what it means for U.S. defense ...
  78. Ireland Economics: 3 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Discover how recent political changes in Ireland could compromise years of balance sheet improvements and economic growth, ...
  79. Negative Interest Rates: Would Americans Spend More?

    Find out why the experimental negative interest rate policy from the Federal Reserve might not spur Americans to spend more ...
  80. How Did Puerto Rico End Up With So Much Debt ?

    Learn how heavy bond issuance, economic decline, oppressive social spending and a declining population combined to bring ...
  81. Consider Leverage in a Negative Yield World

    Find out how leveraging negative yield bonds may help you beat the current deflationary market, but be aware of the greater ...
  82. 3 Japanese Inflation and Policy Implications from PIMCO's Tadashi Kakuchi

    Learn three critical implications for policy and inflation of Japan's introduction of negative interest rates, based on comments ...
  83. Boeing Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (BA)

    Take a closer look at several important Boeing Corporation customers, and learn more about how much business they bring the ...
  84. Thoughts from John Hussman on Markets

    Find out what famed market forecaster John Hussman, who correctly called the 2000 and 2007 crashes, thinks about the current ...
  85. 4 Challenges China Faces According to PIMCO

    Get the latest thoughts from Luke Spajic, executive vice president and portfolio manager in Singapore for PIMCO, on challenges ...
  86. Do Big Soccer Tournaments Boost Market Performance?

    See why the conventional wisdom about the World Cup — that it boosts economic activity and helps local stock markets — is ...
  87. 8 Harmful Side Effects of Continued European Quantitative Easing (Q.E.)

    Read about eight harmful side effects of European Central Bank's decision to boost its quantitative easing (QE) program and ...
  88. What to Expect at April's FOMC Meeting

    The Fed won't raise rates Wednesday, but it's worth paying close attention to Yellen's comments about the future trajectory ...
  89. Do the Olympics Boost Market Performance?

    Learn about the economics of the Olympics, and why estimates about stock market boosts for the host country are probably ...
  90. (ATI) Who are Allegheny Technologies' Main Competitors?

    Read about the specialty metals and components producer Allegheny Technologies, and learn more about its operations and competitive ...
  91. Global Transportation: Exploring Revenue Trends and Fundamentals

    Explore the geographic trends in global transportation sector revenues, and discover the factors that influence revenue contribution ...
  92. Does Quantitative Easing (Q.E.) Add to Inequality?

    Learn about quantitative easing (QE) and whether or not this new central banking policy tool plays a role in helping or hindering ...
  93. Why This Finance Pro Sees Deflating Bubbles

    Here's why this finance expert believes not only that there are bubbles but that they are deflating.
  94. 3 Ways Tax Haven Governments Make Money

    If the governments of tax haven countries impose little, or no, income taxes, how exactly do these nations generate revenue?
  95. The Debt Report: The Industrials Sector

    Discover how industrial companies in the United States have added more debt since the Great Recession, which could spell ...
  96. Goldman Sachs Expects Three Rate Hikes in 2016 (GS)

    Explore the factors surrounding the Fed's recent decision to forgo raising interest rates and uncover Goldman Sachs' prediction ...
  97. AQR Capital Management: Investment Manager Highlight

    Discover the investment strategies and secrets of hedge fund powerhouse AQR Capital Management LLC in the alternative investment ...
  98. Can Blockchain and Bitcoin Help the World's Poorest

    Bitcoin and blockchain is thought to have practical functionality in various industries, but can it alleviate poverty?
  99. Why Investors are Bailing on Japanese Stocks

    Foreign investors have pulled out of Japanese equities to the tune of $46 billion so far this year.
  100. Does 2016 Spell the End of a Global Debt Cycle?

    Examine the growth of global debt from 2010 to 2015. Emerging market debt has grown significantly, while advanced economy ...
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