Economics Articles

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 economy.
  4. 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 and economy.
  5. 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 are always cheaper to buy in the U.S. than in Canada.
  6. Holiday Spending: 2010 Vs. 2009

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

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

    These monoliths helped develop the economy and infrastructure at the expense of competition.
  9. 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, and what it means for the future.
  10. Trading With Gaussian Models Of Statistics

    The entire study of statistics originated from Gauss and allowed us to understand markets, prices and probabilities, among other applications.
  11. 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.
  12. Jobless Recovery: The New Normal Since 1990

    Just because the economy rebounds from a recession does not mean the unemployment rate will follow.
  13. 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 news.
  14. 10 Reasons To Fear The U.S. Economy

    With Halloween around the corner, here are some spooky thoughts about the economy.
  15. 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.
  16. The 6 Fastest-Growing Economies

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

    This is the latest economic buzzword; find out what it is and how it will affect you.
  18. 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 fees.
  19. 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 fundamental tips.
  20. Drastic Currency Changes: What's The Cause?

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

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

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

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

    The Federal Reserve doesn't interfere with the economy every time it flounders. Find out more here.
  25. 4 Key Indicators That Move The Markets

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

    These economic factors are keeping inflation in check.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Global Trade And The Currency Market

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

    Use these calculations to uncover the risk involved in your investments.
  31. 6 Outrageously Overpriced Products

    From movie theater popcorn to printer ink, here are six of the most ridiculously overpriced products consumers can't seem to live without.
  32. 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?
  33. 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.
  34. Introduction To Remittances

    Remittances are an important factor in the global economy, and help drive growth both at home and abroad.
  35. 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.
  36. The Importance Of Inflation And GDP

    Learn the underlying theories behind these concepts and what they can mean for your portfolio.
  37. 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.
  38. The Upside Of Deflation

    Deflation has continued to pop up throughout economic history - but is that such a bad thing?
  39. 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?
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. BP's Broken Window

    The broken window fallacy is an economic tale of caution about ignoring unintended consequences - something the BP disaster has no shortage of.
  43. 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.
  44. Government Debt: From Billions To Trillions

    The national debt has been growing in leaps and bounds. Find out why.
  45. 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.
  46. 5 Factors To Watch In A Housing Recovery

    What are the economic signs that will point the way to a better housing market?
  47. 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?
  48. 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?
  49. June's Economic Pulse

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

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

    Learn to identify the things that may impact your investments down the road.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. Deflation: A Two-Sided Coin

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

    They print money, they control inflation, and much, much more. All you need to know about central banks is here.
  56. Why Duty-Free Isn't Always Cheaper

    These purchases include restrictions, and many cases, shopping this way it more trouble than it's worth.
  57. May's Economic Pulse

    Economic indicators released in May paint a picture of the economic situation.
  58. 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 on today's U.S. Census?
  59. Backtesting And Forward Testing: The Importance Of Correlation

    Correlations between backtesting and forward performance testing results can help you optimize your trading system.
  60. 4 Reasons Why Airlines Are Always Struggling

    Why is the airline industry synonymous with ongoing losses and insolvency? We list four reasons.
  61. 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 the European crisis is burning out.
  62. How Influential Economists Changed Our History

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

    What could happen if the Greek debt crisis gets even worse?
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. What Is the Quantity Theory of Money?

    Take a look at the tenets, assumptions and challenges of monetarism's principal theory.
  67. 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 the cut.
  68. Master Futures Trading With Trend-Following Indicators

    The futures market is a lot less scary when these indicators are used to establish current trends.
  69. 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 better for the government.
  70. National Debt: Who Pays?

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

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

    Some industries require a lot more input to produce their product, and investors should be aware of the impact.
  73. 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 investment opportunities?
  74. As Interest Rates Rise Inflation To Follow

    Fed's focus on unemployment blinding it to price pressures.
  75. Lipstick And The Stock Market: Connection?

    We test the theory that lipstick sales thrive during an economic downturn.
  76. The U.S. Dollar's Unofficial Status as World Currency

    Discover how and why the U.S. dollar emerged as official currency in many foreign countries.
  77. A Tax For Your Behavior

    To what extent are taxes and restrictions being used to modify your behavior?
  78. An Introduction To The International Monetary Fund (IMF)

    Chances are you've heard of the IMF. But what does it do, and why is it so controversial?
  79. The Obama Tax Hikes - What To Do

    Buy munis, book losses, avoid marriage, consider a Roth conversion now and get your Lasik eye surgery next year.
  80. China Vs. The U.S.: A Race To The Top

    Wherever China does not have the lead already, it has embarked on virtually unprecedented efforts to get there.
  81. The March Economic Pulse

    A review of the economic indicators that were released in March.
  82. Investing In Emerging Market Debt

    This asset class has left much of its unstable past behind. Find out how to invest in it.
  83. A Guide To Investing In Consumer Staples

    These companies may not be flashy but they offer investors structure and diversification.
  84. EU Economics? It's All Greek To Me!

    How will the fallout from Greece's sovereign debt crisis impact investors on Wall Street and Main Street? Find out here.
  85. Countries With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

    A high U.S. unemployment rate may not be as restrictive as you think. Find out where the jobs really are.
  86. Vital Link: Manufacturing And Economic Recovery

    Manufacturing output is one of the clearest signs that an economy is recovering from a recession.
  87. One World, One Currency: Could It Work?

    This idea has been debated for decades, but could it really work? Which countries would benefit? What are the downfalls? How would supply and printing factor in?
  88. Something Gross In GDP

    GDP is used to gauge the strength of the economy, but what is it actually measuring?
  89. Budget Like The Government

    Wouldn't it be great to run up charges everywhere and then leave the bill for someone else to pay? That's exactly what happens in the federal government.
  90. Can Global Investors Profit From GDP Watching?

    GDP growth is not necessarily a solid indicator of stock market returns in emerging markets. Find out what to watch instead.
  91. Leveraging Leverage For Bigger Profits

    Leverage is like fire. Find out how to use it to heat up your investing without burning your portfolio.
  92. Is The U.S. Still The Center Of The Economic World?

    A weakening currency and huge debts question the U.S.'s position as the world's dominant economic powerhouse.
  93. The History Of Money: From Barter To Banknotes

    Money has been a part of human history for at least 3,000 years. Learn how it evolved.
  94. 6 Things You Didn't Know About The U.S. Budget Deficit

    The country appears to be spiralling into more debt all the time, but is it really as bad as it looks?
  95. European Crisis: Take It In Stride

    EU problems are part of a bull market wall of worry.
  96. Sports Bets That Would Have Made You Rich In 2009

    If you had placed these wagers, you would be very rich in 2010.
  97. Careers in Crisis: Three Industries Hit Hardest By Job Losses

    The entire nation is suffering from unemployment headaches, but some industries are hurting worse than others.
  98. How Money Makes The Economy Move

    This simple example shows how central banks expand the money supply, and why the money supply must grow for the GDP to grow.
  99. Antitrust Defined

    Check out the history and reasons behind antitrust laws, as well as the arguments over them.
  100. Your Taxes: Where Do They Go?

    You know you're paying a big chunk of your income to taxes. But where is it going?
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