Economics Articles

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Government Debt: From Billions To Trillions

    The national debt has been growing in leaps and bounds. Find out why.
  6. 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.
  7. 5 Factors To Watch In A Housing Recovery

    What are the economic signs that will point the way to a better housing market?
  8. 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?
  9. 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?
  10. June's Economic Pulse

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

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

    Learn to identify the things that may impact your investments down the road.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Deflation: A Two-Sided Coin

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

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

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

    Economic indicators released in May paint a picture of the economic situation.
  19. 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?
  20. Backtesting And Forward Testing: The Importance Of Correlation

    Correlations between backtesting and forward performance testing results can help you optimize your trading system.
  21. 4 Reasons Why Airlines Are Always Struggling

    Why is the airline industry synonymous with ongoing losses and insolvency? We list four reasons.
  22. 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.
  23. How Influential Economists Changed Our History

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

    What could happen if the Greek debt crisis gets even worse?
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. What Is the Quantity Theory of Money?

    Take a look at the tenets, assumptions and challenges of monetarism's principal theory.
  28. 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.
  29. Master Futures Trading With Trend-Following Indicators

    The futures market is a lot less scary when these indicators are used to establish current trends.
  30. 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.
  31. 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?
  32. Timeless Ways To Protect Yourself From Inflation

    Inflation is a natural part of modern life - but there are some ways to cover your assets.
  33. How Countries Deal With Debt

    For many emerging economies, issuing sovereign debt is the only way to raise funds, but things can go sour quickly.
  34. The Most "Wasteful" Industries

    Some industries require a lot more input to produce their product, and investors should be aware of the impact.
  35. 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?
  36. As Interest Rates Rise Inflation To Follow

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

    We test the theory that lipstick sales thrive during an economic downturn.
  38. 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.
  39. A Tax For Your Behavior

    To what extent are taxes and restrictions being used to modify your behavior?
  40. 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?
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. The March Economic Pulse

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

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

    These companies may not be flashy but they offer investors structure and diversification.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. Vital Link: Manufacturing And Economic Recovery

    Manufacturing output is one of the clearest signs that an economy is recovering from a recession.
  49. 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?
  50. Something Gross In GDP

    GDP is used to gauge the strength of the economy, but what is it actually measuring?
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. Leveraging Leverage For Bigger Profits

    Leverage is like fire. Find out how to use it to heat up your investing without burning your portfolio.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. 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?
  57. European Crisis: Take It In Stride

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

    If you had placed these wagers, you would be very rich in 2010.
  59. 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.
  60. 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.
  61. The Taylor Rule: An Economic Model For Monetary Policy

    This interest rate forecasting model has helped central banks around the world adjust their rates to balance out inflation.
  62. Antitrust Defined

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

    You know you're paying a big chunk of your income to taxes. But where is it going?
  64. The German ILO: Why It Matters To Traders

    Germany sets the standard and tone for business in Europe, which makes its economic releases a source of great interest to traders.
  65. Housing Numbers: Northeast Drags Down the Nation

    The most recent report suggests that a rebound just isn't in the cards, especially in the Midwest and Northeast regions.
  66. What To Expect In 2010

    The economy has stabilized, but what's ahead for us in the new year?
  67. Forces That Move Stock Prices

    You can't predict exactly how stocks will behave, but knowing what affects prices will put you ahead of the pack.
  68. Carbon Trading: Action Or Distraction?

    These credits claim to allow buyers to reduce their carbon footprints. Find out how.
  69. Is The Economic Rebound Real?

    These indicators are useful in determining the health of our economy.
  70. Fight Back Against Inflation

    Inflation is often a consequence of economic recovery. Here's how you can protect your financial portfolio.
  71. Interest Rates And Your Bond Investments

    By understanding the factors that influence interest rates, you can learn to anticipate their movement and profit from it.
  72. Retiring: Is $1 Million Enough?

    Find out why this magic number has lost some of its lustre as a retirement savings target.
  73. Inflation: The Inside Story

    Understanding what the Consumer Price Index says about inflation, can be very important for investors.
  74. Global Bailout: Did The U.K. Do Enough?

    The stimulus packages through the recession varied from country to country. Only time will tell who weathered the storm best.
  75. Why Gold Matters

    Gold is a very useful investment during periods of instability and high inflation.
  76. Dubai May Be Least Of World's Debt Problems

    Sovereign borrowers, including the U.S., face reckoning.
  77. Make Money With The Consumer Cyclical And Staple Indicator

    Knowing the difference between what consumers need and what they want can help you target your stock picks to follow consumer buying trends.
  78. The Federal Reserve: Too Powerful?

    The Federal Reserve needs its power in order to make the tough decisions that politicians can't.
  79. The Minimum Wage: Does It Matter?

    Despite paying one of the highest minimum wages in the world, the minimum wage is a perpetual hot potato among politicians in the United States.
  80. Spice Up Your Portfolio With International Bonds

    Going global can add flavor and diversity to an otherwise bland basket of bonds.
  81. Overcoming 5 Major Retirement Risks

    Retirement can be pricey but there are ways to boost your savings and minimize your costs.
  82. Beeronomics: Factors Affecting Your Pint

    Beer is a complex beverage shaped by supply and demand, production and distribution, with regulation thrown in for that extra kick.
  83. Top 10 Financial Blessings Of 2009

    It's been a tough year for the broad economy, but the fact that we've emerged from the brink of economic collapse gives us plenty to be grateful for.
  84. The 5 Most Influential Bankers Of All Time

    These bankers shaped the current financial system - though some didn't live to see the fruits of their labor.
  85. The Louvre Accord: The Fight Against U.S. Dollar Deflation

    After the Plaza Accord, the U.S. dollar continuously declined. In an effort to put on the brakes, the G6 convened.
  86. Recession Stats You Need To Know

    We take a look at some of the most quoted recession statistics, and find out how they're calculated and who they affect.
  87. U.S. Weak Dollar Policy Big Threat To Economy

    News flash to Washington and Wall Street: The risk to our financial system is not the misperception of an overvalued dollar, but rather it is our overriding debt.
  88. The Plaza Accord: The World Intervenes In Currency Markets

    In 1985, the G-5 nations signed an agreement to devalue the United States currency and correct the GDP. To an extent, it worked. But there were casualties.
  89. How Unemployment Affects You (Even If You're Working)

    Rebounding from a stint of unemployment can be a frustrating thing to do. These tips should soften the blow.
  90. Did the Stimulus Work? It Depends On Who You Ask

    Did the federal government's stimulus effort work or did it fail? What seems like a straightforward area of inquiry has become a political football.
  91. Why We Splurge When Times Are Good

    The concept of elasticity of demand is part of every purchase you make. Find out how it works.
  92. 5 Lessons From The World's Biggest Bankruptcies

    We can learn of investing strategies by studying previous financial disasters.
  93. Is It Time To Raise Interest Rates?

    The Fed has good reason for staying the course on interest rates.
  94. Profiting From A Consumerless Recovery

    Recovering from an economic slump isn't the easiest thing to do, but here are a few potential methods of rebuilding.
  95. Do Cheap Imported Goods Cost Americans Jobs?

    Flooding the market with cheap products can mean job losses and even market collapse - but dumping isn't as threatening as it seems.
  96. 8 Small Towns With High Employment Rates

    For higher employment rates, small towns are usually the right place to look.
  97. Why Wages Stick When The Economy Shifts

    Even economists can't agree on the impact (or even existence) of wage stickiness. So, how does it affect you?
  98. 3 Factors That Drive The U.S. Dollar

    We look at three important factors that affect U.S. dollar value, and how to determine when it's the right time to buy currency.
  99. Free Cash Flow Yield: The Best Fundamental Indicator

    Cash in the bank is what every company strives to achieve. Find out how to determine how much a company is generating and keeping.
  100. Breaking Down The U.S. Budget Deficit

    Find out why this particular piece of national financing gets so much attention from the media and investors.
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