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  1. Countries Most Affected By A Strong U.S. Dollar

    The U.S. dollar is still the most important currency in the world. It's used for trade, foreign reserves, and as a substitute ...
  2. The Most Competitive Industries For New Graduates

    Graduating from college is an exciting yet uncertain time for many students, as the overall job market is becoming more complex ...
  3. Fiscal Vs. Monetary Policy Pros & Cons

    When it comes to influencing macroeconomic outcomes, governments have typically relied on one of two primary courses of action: ...
  4. Arbitrage Strategies With Changing Interest Rates

    Changes in interest rates can give rise to arbitrage opportunities that, while short-lived, can be very lucrative for traders ...
  5. How Is The GDP Of India Calculated?

    India is a front-runner among developing economies. Investopedia explains how India calculates its GDP, an indicator of economic ...
  6. Who Produces The World's Food

    We look at the top producers of the world's food basket.
  7. How & Why Interest Rates Affect Futures

    There are at least four factors that affect change in futures prices, including risk free-interest rates, particularly in ...
  8. Market Timing Tips & Rules You Should Know

    Market timing rules benefit investments by finding the best prices and times to take exposure and book profits.
  9. How India Makes Money

    India currently has the ninth largest nominal GDP (and third largest in PPP) in the world.
  10. Putin Says Russian Economy Healing - Is He Right?

    Putin claims the Russian economy has turned the corner. Is he right or is it just the oil price?
  11. The 5 Industries Driving the U.S Economy

    Jobs are being created by the millions, wage growth is picking up and foreign trade is only 30% of the nation’s GDP.
  12. How the UK Makes Money

    The United Kingdom has one of the strongest economies in the world thanks to the strength of its services, manufacturing ...
  13. How China Makes Money

    China has the first or second largest GDP in the world but is not nearly as developed as others in the top 10.
  14. Current Countries Under A Western Embargo

    We look at which countries the United States and European Union have imposed an imposed embargoes on and why.
  15. Will The US Economy Rebound In The 2nd Quarter?

    Most investors know that U.S. 1st quarter growth numbers aren’t pretty. Economic statistics have been missing expectations ...
  16. Should You Track The Cost Of Retirement Income?

    Today, workers face a challenge when saving for retirement, because retirement income is getting more expensive, and the ...
  17. The U.S. Economy May Be Stronger Than You Think

    While the economic performance in the U.S. broadly disappointed in the first quarter, temporary factors presented one-off ...
  18. How The GDP Of The US Is Calculated

    The US GDP may not be a perfect economic measure, but the ability to compare it to prior periods and other countries makes ...
  19. Facing Retirement? Look Beyond 100% Bonds

    Retiring doesn't mean putting all your money in bonds. There are two things to consider when it comes to be invested in bonds: ...
  20. Will Tesla Cars Ever Be Affordable?

    Tesla cars are highly sought after, but also command a very high price tag.
  21. Weak Oil, Sanctions' Bite, Mean Misery for Russia

    Low oil prices, coupled with crippling sanctions, will mean Russia will suffer declining growth and vicious inflation for ...
  22. One Silver Lining Of Slower Global Growth

    Stocks struggled last week amid more evidence out of the world’s largest economies that global economic growth isn’t accelerating ...
  23. Fundamentals Of How Canada Makes Its Money

    In terms of industry, Canada is best known for oil and gas production, but the second largest country in the world has quite ...
  24. How China's GDP Is Calculated

    China is the world’s second-largest economy based on its GDP figures. Investopedia explains the methodology behind China’s ...
  25. Is Organic Really Worth The Extra Money?

    It's the shopping decision that seems to pit thrift against family health. Find out when buying "organic" matters most.
  26. How To Trade Orange Juice Options

    How do orange juice options work and which factors determine the orange juice valuations? Here's a sneak peak into the world ...
  27. Best ETFs for Inflationary Worries

    Inflation may have been muted over the last few years, but that doesn’t mean investors should forget about it.
  28. China And The Maritime Silk Road

    We provide an overview of China's planned Maritime Silk Road.
  29. What Is A Currency War And How Does It Work?

    We look at what a currency war is, what factors may lead to it, the impacts of such a strategy, and whether there is a currency ...
  30. Three Portfolio Moves To Consider Now

    What portfolio moves should you consider making as the 2nd quarter kicks off? Before we focus on the future, let’s first ...
  31. The Labor Market Recovery’s Missing Ingredient

    Job creation is running at the fastest pace since the 90s, and there is some evidence that wage growth is finally starting ...
  32. Gambling on Macau: Too Risky?

    Macau was once heralded as the new Las Vegas for casino investors. Is it too late?
  33. Pockets Of Value In The Stock Market

    U.S. stocks benefited from signs the Fed’s path toward higher interest rates, as well as from continued merger-and-acquisition ...
  34. When To Expect Fed Liftoff Now

    “When will the Fed raise interest rates?” That has been the question of many investors since the Fed indicated it was prepared ...
  35. Is Germany Carrying The European Economy?

    Germany has been widely viewed as the economic catalyst and stabilizer for the European Union and for good reason.
  36. Can The U.S Close Its Trade Deficit?

    The stronger dollar could have increased the U.S. trade deficit. Instead, economic growth issues abroad and falling oil prices ...
  37. Why Is The Federal Reserve Independent?

    An overview of the independent status of the Federal Reserve and arguments for and against it.
  38. An Analysis Of The US Trade Deficit

    The United States' trade deficit is historically large, the biggest in the world. With luck, it'll get even larger.
  39. Best Undergraduate Degrees For Day Traders

    We look at some popular undergrad majors for those wanting to begin a career in the exciting world of fast-paced trading. ...
  40. Using Technology To Tune Out Market Noise

    Today’s technology-centric culture allows us to have access to information anytime. As investors, we can be informed of market ...
  41. When Will The Bull Market End?

    A few weeks ago, the current bull market celebrated its sixth anniversary, making it one of the longest in history.
  42. Where To Search For Yield Today

    It’s hard to miss that there has been a pronounced slowdown in the U.S. economy this year.
  43. The Implications Of Negative Interest Rates

    If financial theory is grounded in one principal, it would be the that individuals prefer consumption today over consumption ...
  44. How A Greece Crisis Affects The U.S.

    Greece's ongoing financial crisis poses a threat to the nascent U.S. economic recovery due to the latter's close ties with ...
  45. A Risky Maneuver To Jumpstart Japan's Economy

    Japan's government and the Bank of Japan are buying large amounts of government bonds in an effort to spark economic activity, ...
  46. North Korean Vs. South Korean Economies

    North Korea's economy is defined by its military ambitions and the humanitarian aid it receives, while South Korea is a world ...
  47. What Are IMF Special Drawing Rights?

    Technically, the SDR is neither a currency, nor a claim on the IMF itself.
  48. Understanding 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 ...
  49. Top Investments for a Strong U.S. Dollar

    Looking to benefit from a strong U.S. dollar? Consider these stocks.
  50. The Fed's Impact On Emerging Markets

    Higher US interest rates could make it more expensive for emerging market borrowers to service their debt commitments.
  51. Can Europe’s QE Be A Stimulus For U.S. Investors?

    Finding value in today’s markets has been difficult, so many investors are turning to opportunities outside of the U.S. But ...
  52. Benefits From A Tango Of China-US Trade and Debt

    China has been accumulating US debt for many decades. Here's why it continues to do so, and the risks and benefits of this ...
  53. Welcome Back, Volatility

    Volatility is likely to resurface as the Federal Reserve gets closer to adjusting its monetary policy stance, even if that ...
  54. 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. ...
  55. Why The Swiss Franc Is So Strong

    We look at the recent and historic strength of the Swiss franc, as well as recent actions by the Swiss National Bank.
  56. Top US Housing Market Indicators

    A quick overview of the top economic indicators to track the housing market in the US.
  57. What’s Driving U.S. Stocks? Irony.

    A seesaw week for U.S. stocks ended on the upside last week, though the rally was more a function of slow growth rather than ...
  58. What Is The Labor Market Conundrum?

    We are facing a conundrum with investment implications: Why are wages still stagnant, when jobs are being created at the ...
  59. A Trader's Look at the S&P 500

    Moving averages are sending an important signal, and it's probably not what you think.
  60. Will Itemized Deductions Get You A Bigger Refund?

    April and taxes are due soon. If you need to file your return, you might have to decide if itemizing your deductions this ...
  61. Top U.S. Cities For The College Class of '15

    Look for a city with a low unemployment rate, a high number of job opportunities, a sizable job market and good starting ...
  62. How Microeconomics Affects Everyday Life

    Microeconomics is the study of how individuals and businesses make decisions to maximize satisfaction. Microeconomic principles ...
  63. The Tangled Web of Interest Rates, Mortgage Rates, And The Economy

    The article looks into the interwoven relationship between the economy, interest rates, and mortgage rates.
  64. GLD vs. IAU: Which Gold ETF is Better?

    Looking to play gold with ETFs? A look at SPDR Gold Trust Shares (GLD) versus iShs Gold Trust Trust Units (IAU).
  65. Why Are Tesla Cars So Expensive?

    What makes Tesla cars so expensive? Short supply and pricey parts is a good place to start.
  66. Is Now the Right Time to Buy a House?

    Thinking of buying a home? Consider these factors first.
  67. Top ETFs Tracking the U.S. Economy

    Bullish about the U.S. Economy? Consider these ETFs.
  68. What Do You Need To Know About Inflation?

    When it comes to inflation, there is no shortage of opinions: one side argues the Fed should raise rates, and the opposition ...
  69. Asian LNG Prices: Not Likely To Rise Anytime Soon

    Asian LNG prices could stay low for an extended period of time, due to low oil prices, less demand and new LNG-producing ...
  70. What’s Missing For A Turnaround In Brazil?

    Today, many investors have written off Brazil following several years of poor performance, decelerating growth and chronically ...
  71. Is Quantitative Easing Destroying The Euro?

    Quantitative easing being undertaken by the ECB to stabilize the Eurozone economies is sure to have some impact in decreasing ...
  72. Why Gold's Price is More than 'Supply and Demand'

    The price of gold is moved by a combination of factors. But the way they work together is sometimes counterintuitive.
  73. What is Zero Interest-Rate Policy (ZIRP)?

    In the years following the financial crisis, several central banks have turned to zero interest-rate policy to aid economic ...
  74. Bulk Shipping Companies Struggle As Markets Soften

    The "soft" dry bulk shipping market that confronts shipping companies is a result of lower demand from China, and an excessive ...
  75. Just Graduated? How To Find The Best Career

    No single career is "best" for everyone. But here's how to identify where the good jobs are, and how to launch yourself onto ...
  76. Worried About The Fed Hike?

    With the Nasdaq crossing the threshold and the broader equity bull market entering its 7th year, many investors are anxious ...
  77. Venezuela Teeters On Edge As Oil Revenues Shrink

    Low oil prices have drastically revised the economic status quo -- dealing a destabilizing blow to oil-exporters like Venezuela ...
  78. What Must The UK Do To Keep North Sea Oil Afloat?

    The UK government may need to take drastic action to ensure the viability of UK North Sea offshore oil production amid high ...
  79. Gas Dispute Poses Risks For Both The EU And Russia

    The Russia-Ukraine gas dispute has caused energy insecurity for the EU, which is seeking new gas suppliers, and market uncertainty ...
  80. The Fundamentals of Draghinomics

    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has introduced a set of reforms aimed at reviving the eurozone economy.
  81. Is Holding Cash Making You Lose Money?

    Six years into one of the better bull markets of the modern era, retail investors are still holding onto a lot of cash: 4 ...
  82. How Rate Hikes Will Affect Your Investments?

    An interest rate hike by the Fed, which will happen either during their June or September meeting, could impact your fixed ...
  83. The Top 6 Ways Governments Fight Deflation

    Here are six monetary and fiscal policy tools that governments use to fight deflation.
  84. The Fundamentals Of Abenomics

    Abenomics is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive, three-pillared economic policy.
  85. Why Is Deflation Bad For The Economy?

    While some inflation is good for economic growth, when prices begin to fall after an economic downturn, deflation may set ...
  86. The Top Ten Economic Indicators In The UK

    We list below ten key economic indicators for the United Kingdom, the world’s 6th-largest economy.
  87. How Two Harbors' Derivatives Work?

    Mortgage REITs, like Two Harbors , have cut their dividend payments as interest rate trends have eaten into profitability ...
  88. Is Prospect Capital Exposed To Elevated Losses?

    According to a federal government report, the quality of leveraged loans has begun to deteriorate. Prospect Capital specializes ...
  89. Sectors Hit by Sanctions on North Korea

    We look at the sectors most affected by the US sanctions imposed against North Korea.
  90. The Perks of Trading Coffee Options

    As more people begin to trade coffee, we explain how coffee options work, who uses them, what drives valuations, and the ...
  91. These 4 Precious Metals ETFs Help Combat Inflation

    A look at 4 precious metal ETFs to combat inflation when it hits.
  92. What's The Impact On Equities If The Rates Hike?

    The Fed is on course for raising interest rates. True, that leaves the question of when (most likely June or September, but ...
  93. When Will The Fed Raise Interest Rates?

    We discuss how the actions of U.S. central bank leaders (i.e. “The Fed”) will affect interest rates in the near future.
  94. 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 ...
  95. The Most Important Technical Indicators For Binary Options

    Trading binary options is not for the novice, but if you're ready to delve in, get to know the best technical indicators.
  96. Does A Junk Rating Reflect Russia's Fundamentals?

    Moody’s, like other credit rating agencies, has downgraded Russia’s sovereign debt rating to non-investment grade, but does ...
  97. What Would Happen If Interest Rates Rise?

    This time around, while U.S. long-term yields have rebounded from their January lows, rates have generally been lower than ...
  98. What’s The Latest Market Volatility Strategy?

    A minimum volatility (min vol) strategy would be top of mind for investors. In today’s market climate the case for min vol ...
  99. What Has Been Groupon’s Growth Strategy?

    Groupon established a strategy with efforts to become a broader force in the e-commerce world and to expand more strongly ...
  100. Are You Ready To Invest In The Tech Sector?

    Tech stocks, particularly those of mature tech companies, are well positioned and offer meaningful upside potential in the ...
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