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  1. An Introduction To Hyperinflation

    Hyperinflation isn't some historical curiosity. It is a very real risk that countries and governments still struggle with ...
  2. How Governments Influence Markets

    The biggest influence in the markets today can create some unintended consequences.
  3. 4 Economic Lessons That Can Save Your Marriage

    Successful marriages are built on many of the same principles as thriving businesses are. Learn four messages that are essential ...
  4. How The Loch Ness Monster Affects The Economy

    Do sightings of Bigfoot, Nessie and UFOs lead to massive market fluctuations?
  5. An Explanation Of Stagflation

    Find out how stagflation is measured, what factors contribute to it and how to protect your finances.
  6. Why You Can't Influence Gas Prices

    Don't believe the water-cooler talk. Big oil companies aren't to blame for high prices.
  7. How To Manage Bull Put Option Spreads

    Learn how to halt options losses when the market moves quickly in an unfavorable direction.
  8. 4 Key Factors That Drive The Real Estate Market

    Whether you are investing directly or indirectly in property, you need to know the factors that affect its value.
  9. 2 Indexes That Help Assess Market Behavior

    The Herrick Payoff Index and New-High New-Low Index are some of the more interesting (and often complex) measures of crowd ...
  10. Government Regulations: Do They Help Businesses?

    These rules are in place to protect consumers and help businesses thrive at the same time.
  11. 2 Key Tactics Retailers Use To Increase Sales

    Many companies use versioning and bundling to increase sales. These strategies can offer value to consumers, but they also ...
  12. What Determines Gas Prices?

    Gas prices are influenced by more than supply and demand. Find out what determines the price you pay at the pump.
  13. How Unemployment Stats Affect Employed People

    Unemployment is still hovering close to 10%, but what does it all mean to you? Find out how unemployment statistics affect ...
  14. Cautionary Signs For International Investors

    "Going global" is a fashionable investing style, but investors should know the risks.
  15. Signs That Gas Prices Are Going Up

    These events can precipitate a rise in the price at the pump - keep your eyes peeled
  16. What Investors Should Know About Interest Rates

    Understanding interest rates helps you answer the fundamental question of where to put your money.
  17. Taking Advantage Of Central Bank Interventions

    These interventions provide great opportunities for investors and traders to seize entries into longer-term trends.
  18. Do Americans Get A Discount On Everything?

    Americans almost certainly get a benefit from the dollar's global stature - including a significant break in interest rates. ...
  19. 5 Countries With Low Taxes

    These countries manage to keep their overall tax levels in check, and some of them have done well because of it.
  20. 7 Countries Raising The Minimum Wage

    Beijing city recently increased minimum wages by 21%, find out what other areas of the world are paying more.
  21. Using Base Metals As An Economic Indicator

    Base metals may not glitter like gold, but they can still guide an investor to a conclusion about overall economic health. ...
  22. Water Cooler Finance: Conflicting Job Reports And A Facebook IPO

    With forecasted employment growth, robust tech and automakers, and some serious social media stock action, it's an exciting ...
  23. Explaining The World Through Macroeconomic Analysis

    From unemployment and inflation to government policy, learn what macroeconomics measures and how it affects everyone.
  24. 10 Financial Blessings Of 2010

    Bad news usually dominates the headlines, but there were plenty of positive developments in 2010.
  25. Understanding The Basel III International Regulations

    The Basel III regulations mark a drastic reform in international banking. But how do they impact the future's investment ...
  26. What Countries Get For Their High Taxes

    Are there advantages to having the highest taxes in the world? Let's take a look at what the citizens in these countries ...
  27. The Pitfalls Of Financial Regulation

    Regulatory actions usually have lofty intentions that end up with unintended and negative consequences.
  28. How To Trade Currency And Commodity Correlations

    Relationships between currencies and commodities exist throughout the financial markets. Find out how to trade these trends. ...
  29. 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.
  30. History Of The U.S. Federal Trade Commission

    Since the early 1900s, the Federal Trade Commission has been working to protect U.S. citizens from corporations.
  31. The Story Behind The Irish Meltdown

    Once a lesson in national renewal, Ireland is learning that success can be fleeting. Learn the story behind Ireland's crumbling ...
  32. Water Cooler Finance: Insiders, Door Busters And Debt Contagion

    Although Thanksgiving festivities made last week a short business week, it wasn't short on new developments for the markets ...
  33. 5 Products That Cost Way More In Canada

    Despite the CAD flirting with parity to the USD, many Canadians still shop stateside for deals. Here are five products that ...
  34. Holiday Spending: 2010 Vs. 2009

    A variety of data suggests there is a real, but slow, recovery.
  35. Who Stands To Benefit From QE2?

    With the Fed opening the tap again, some specific industries could see easy money come their way.
  36. A History Of U.S. Monopolies

    These monoliths helped develop the economy and infrastructure at the expense of competition.
  37. The Economy And The Market: A Tale Of 2 Indicators

    The economy is still suffering, but the stock market seems to be doing fantastic business - we look at how this can happen, ...
  38. Trading With Gaussian Models Of Statistics

    The entire study of statistics originated from Gauss and allowed us to understand markets, prices and probabilities, among ...
  39. Water Cooler Finance: Lions And Diapers And Dows, Oh My!

    This week in finance, unemployment numbers were stagnant and a major movie company files for bankruptcy protection.
  40. Jobless Recovery: The New Normal Since 1990

    Just because the economy rebounds from a recession does not mean the unemployment rate will follow.
  41. Water Cooler Finance: Rising Markets And Buffett's Successor

    Rising employment, feuding tech firms and some very big news out of Nebraska has made for a very eventful week in financial ...
  42. 10 Reasons To Fear The U.S. Economy

    With Halloween around the corner, here are some spooky thoughts about the economy.
  43. How To Invest In Everyday Products

    Investors are often told to "invest in what you know." Find out what companies make the products you use daily.
  44. The 6 Fastest-Growing Economies

    A look at the economic growth in several developing countries.
  45. What Is Quantitative Easing?

    This is the latest economic buzzword; find out what it is and how it will affect you.
  46. House Price Vs. Interest Rate: Which Is More Important?

    Deciding which factor is more important can make a difference in monthly payments, ability to move and Homowners Association ...
  47. 4 Key Factors To Building A Profitable Portfolio

    Buying stocks is a careful balance of risk and reward. Learn to identify your risk tolerance and financial goals with these ...
  48. Drastic Currency Changes: What's The Cause?

    Currency fluctuations often defy logic. Learn the trends and factors that result in these movements.
  49. Commodity Prices Are Pinching Consumers

    Prices of commodities - cotton, wheat, coffee, etc. - have recently spiked. Learn how that affects consumers.
  50. How The Federal Reserve Was Formed

    Find out how this institution has stabilized the U.S. economy during economic downturn.
  51. Water Cooler Finance: The Post-Stimulus Slump

    The recession may be over, but the market is still sluggish.
  52. When The Federal Reserve Intervenes (And Why)

    The Federal Reserve doesn't interfere with the economy every time it flounders. Find out more here.
  53. 4 Key Indicators That Move The Markets

    Find out what reports to watch in order to anticipate and react to market movements.
  54. What's Preventing Inflation?

    These economic factors are keeping inflation in check.
  55. Market News That Seems Promising - But Isn't

    Not all good news is created equal. Find out how some positive stock market news can actually be bad news for investors. ...
  56. Compound Annual Growth Rate: What You Should Know

    The CAGR is a good and valuable tool to evaluate investment options, but it does not tell the whole story.
  57. Global Trade And The Currency Market

    Learn how the Bretton Woods system got the ball rolling for world trade.
  58. Using Historical Volatility To Gauge Future Risk

    Use these calculations to uncover the risk involved in your investments.
  59. 6 Outrageously Overpriced Products

    From movie theater popcorn to printer ink, here are six of the most ridiculously overpriced products consumers can't seem ...
  60. The 6 Signs Of An Economic Recovery

    For all the talk of whether the economy is recovering or sinking, what should a recovery actually look like?
  61. Low Interest Rates: Where You Should And Shouldn't Invest

    Learn how low interest rates affect stock prices and how you should invest in low-rate times.
  62. The Fed's New Tools For Manipulating The Economy

    The economy can be volatile when left to its own devices. Find out how the Fed smoothes things out.
  63. The Importance Of Inflation And GDP

    Learn the underlying theories behind these concepts and what they can mean for your portfolio.
  64. Top 6 Most Indebted Countries (And Why)

    Is the U.S. debt as bad as it sounds? Take a look at these European countries, and the U.S. doesn't seem so bad.
  65. The Upside Of Deflation

    Deflation has continued to pop up throughout economic history - but is that such a bad thing?
  66. Why Prices Never Really Go Down

    If deflation and inflation are opposite polls of monetary policy, how come we put up with one but fear the other?
  67. How To Prepare For Rising Interest Rates

    Get to know the basic, time-tested strategies that any investor or trader can use to profit in a rising interest rate environment. ...
  68. 6 Factors That Influence Exchange Rates

    Find out how a currency's relative value reflects a country's economic health and impacts your investment returns.
  69. BP's Broken Window

    The broken window fallacy is an economic tale of caution about ignoring unintended consequences - something the BP disaster ...
  70. June Retail Sales: Worthless Data Or Valuable Tool?

    Investors live and die by monthly retail sales, but the data might be too short term and unreliable to use.
  71. Government Debt: From Billions To Trillions

    The national debt has been growing in leaps and bounds. Find out why.
  72. 5 Factors To Watch In A Housing Recovery

    What are the economic signs that will point the way to a better housing market?
  73. 10 States Where Unemployment Is Falling

    The numbers don't lie: unemployment is still high in the U.S, but there are places where things are looking up.
  74. 5 Things To Do Before Interest Rates Go Up

    It is inevitable that interest rates will go up, but what should investors do to prepare themselves?
  75. Why The Jobless Claims Report Doesn't Really Matter

    This weekly report can influence the markets, but is it a reliable indicator of economic health?
  76. June's Economic Pulse

    Economic indicators reveal a clear picture of the economic situation.
  77. Do Tax Cuts Stimulate The Economy?

    Learn the logic behind the belief that reducing government income benefits everyone.
  78. Cashing In On Macroeconomic Trends

    Learn to identify the things that may impact your investments down the road.
  79. Understanding The Federal Reserve Balance Sheet

    We are all connected to the Fed's balance sheet, and the currency notes that we hold are its liabilities.
  80. Water Cooler Finance: The iPhone Launch, Buffett's Lunch And BP's Lashing

    This week in financial news saw more uncertainty in the markets on bad news from retail, GM and BP.
  81. Deflation: A Two-Sided Coin

    Deflation fears are sweeping the U.S. , but the effects of this economic phenomenon are not all bad.
  82. What Are Central Banks?

    They print money, they control inflation, and much, much more. All you need to know about central banks is here.
  83. May's Economic Pulse

    Economic indicators released in May paint a picture of the economic situation.
  84. Why Duty-Free Isn't Always Cheaper

    These purchases include restrictions, and many cases, shopping this way it more trouble than it's worth.
  85. Is The U.S. Census A Waste Of Money?

    Although the requirement to conduct a census is outlined in the American Constitution, should we really spend $15 billion ...
  86. Backtesting And Forward Testing: The Importance Of Correlation

    Correlations between backtesting and forward performance testing results can help you optimize your trading system.
  87. 4 Reasons Why Airlines Are Always Struggling

    Why is the airline industry synonymous with ongoing losses and insolvency? We list four reasons.
  88. Water Cooler Finance: Greece Is Burning And Buffett's Under Fire

    This past week saw the SEC continue its Goldman Sachs investigation and set its sights on Buffett, and there are signs that ...
  89. How Influential Economists Changed Our History

    Find out how these five groundbreaking thinkers laid our financial foundations.
  90. Greece: The Worst-Case Scenario

    What could happen if the Greek debt crisis gets even worse?
  91. April's Economic Pulse

    We look at April's economic developments, see what it means for the overall economy, and figure out where we go from here. ...
  92. Water Cooler Finance: Buffett's Armed And Greece Keeps Falling

    This week, the Buffett-bank saga continues, and we hear more about Greece's economic woes.
  93. What Is the Quantity Theory of Money?

    Take a look at the tenets, assumptions and challenges of monetarism's principal theory.
  94. Top 5 All-Time Best Mutual Fund Managers

    The best managers produced long-term, market-beating returns and helped investors build big nest eggs. Find out who made ...
  95. Master Futures Trading With Trend-Following Indicators

    The futures market is a lot less scary when these indicators are used to establish current trends.
  96. How Much Is The Government Making Off You?

    More than 65% of income-tax-paying Americans got a tax refund in 2009. It may have been good for taxpayers, but it was even ...
  97. National Debt: Who Pays?

    There's a huge national debt being left behind for future generations, but what have past administrations done to lessen ...
  98. Timeless Ways To Protect Yourself From Inflation

    Inflation is a natural part of modern life - but there are some ways to cover your assets.
  99. The Most "Wasteful" Industries

    Some industries require a lot more input to produce their product, and investors should be aware of the impact.
  100. Microsoft Vs. Apple: Does Equal Size Mean Equality?

    After a stellar run, their sizes are closer than ever. Both giants are leaders in their industries, but do both provide giant ...
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